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University of Central Oklahoma


Matt Hollrah is professor in the English Department at UCO. He is a native of Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Hollrah’s scholarly work has appeared in the minnesota reviewREADER, and the edited collection Authorship Contested: Cultural Challenges to the Authentic, Autonomous Author. He is also the author of two online composition textbooks published by Great River Learning entitled So What? and Now What?  His poetry has been published in ParabolaSwansea ReviewSoundings ReviewThis Land, and the anthology Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing.  He also serves on the creative writing advisory panel for the Oklahoma Arts Institute.

Hollrah was awarded the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2010-2011, the College of Liberal Arts Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2011-2012, a Vanderford Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012, and the Neely Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.

Hollrah’s academic interests include composition theory and pedagogy, developmental writing, rhetoric, poetry writing, and the intersection of epistemology and literary interpretation. He lives with his wife, Julie, and their two children, Sadie and Simon, in Edmond.

Education and Certifications

B.A. in English, Oklahoma State University (1995)

M.F.A. in Creative Writing (poetry), Western Michigan University (2000)

Ph.D. in English, University of Kansas (2005)

Classes Taught

ENG 1113: English Composition

ENG 1213: English Composition and Research

ENG 2303: English Cornerstone

ENG 4263: Literary Criticism

ENG 4473/5473: Advanced Composition

ENG 4723/5723: Composition Pedagogies

ENG 4893: English Capstone

ENG 4970/5970: British Isles Study Tour

ENG 5533: Teaching Methods for Teaching Assistants

ENG 5601: Composition & Rhetoric Portfolio

ENG 5783: Composition Theory and Research

ENG 5990: Thesis

CSDY 3573: Fundamentals of Creative Writing I

CSDY 4353/5353: Creating the Poem


Swansea@UCO Doctoral Project Supervision

John Granger, J.K. Rowling, Formalism, and Literary Alchemy

Jennifer Jenson, Theocentric Landscape Ecology in the Novels of Willa Cather

Jessica Salmans, Hans Hinkel and the Nazi Propaganda Machine (creative non-fiction)

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, and by appointment.

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