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Beth Wallo is a lecturer of English and the English department's Guest Speaker coordinator. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Central Oklahoma and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Texas State University-San Marcos.

Wallo’s academic interests are in writing, curriculum development and research, and her academic fields are rhetoric, composition theory, contemporary fiction, and novel writing.

While working toward her graduate degree, she studied closely with Pulitzer Prize winner, Tim O'Brien, and under his guidance published a book-length manuscript which explores the concepts of self-revision related to today’s fast-paced and technologically evolving society. She has completed a book-length work of prose poems, which includes the poem “Earthward,” a finalist work for both the Glimmer Train Poetry Open Contest and the Rita Dove Poetry Award. She has been invited to read this work as well as excerpts of her novel and shorts stories at the Vermont Studio Center, The University of Tulsa Nimrod Hardman Conference, The Austin International Poetry Festival, and the renowned Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center. She currently is working on a second novel.

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