My Story

Since my mother was a librarian, the house I grew up in offered me a constant and ever-changing array of books — but it was my first year of college when I fell in love with art. That year I met the rigor of poetic form — learning from the strict exercises and scrupulous critique of composer-poet Barney Childs — while I also found the freedom of the ceramics studio — learning from the precision craftsmanship of Leon Moburg as well as my many late-night hours at the wheel. It has taken me longer to see how this fascination and facility with structures and mechanisms, with discipline and play led me through a studio MFA and a PhD. As the man said, poets are the systems-makers of the world, and my practice informs all parts of my life: as poet, as teacher, as artist, as editor, as administrator, as handyman, and as husband.

Gary Hawkins
Setting a letterpress
Gary Hawkins


  • B.A. in Poetry—Literature (minor in studio art), Johnston Center for Interdisciplinary Study, University of Redlands
  • M.F.A. in Poetry, Warren Wilson College
  • Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing, University of Houston

Research Interests

  • Modern and contemporary American poetry
  • Creative writing pedagogy, including creative practice
  • Image (especially work on paper) and text

Courses Taught

  • WRI 1400: Creative Writing: Introduction
  • WRI 3130: Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • WRI 4190: Senior Writing Portfolio

Crews and Other Activities

  • Co-editor, Croquet (an occasional letterpress broadside journal)
  • Editor, To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development
  • Co-host, Vandercooked Poetry Nights, Asheville BookWorks

Contact Dr. Hawkins

(828) 771-3718 
Jensen 203
WWC CPO 6253

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000

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