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Lisa Drnec Kerr

Associate Professor of English
B.A., Loyola University of Chicago
Ph. D, University of Wales, Bangor
Office: Herman 100C

Lisa Drnec Kerr is an associate professor of English at Western New England where she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing. Her work appears widely in journals and magazines including Green Mountains Review, English: The Journal of the English Association (Great Britain), Cold Mountain Review, Kalliope and others. In addition to a prize for narrative poetry and a Pushcart nomination, her manuscript, A Sky Lake Crossing, received Honorable Mention for the May Sarton Prize for Poetry (Bauhan Press). Lisa lives in Western Massachusetts.


Creative writing

Contemporary Poetry

Twentieth-Century American Poetry

Modernism and the culture of modernism

Wartime and post-wartime culture

Theories and practice of writing

Expressivist pedagogies

Institutional, political, and literary spheres of communication


First year composition

Introduction to Creative Writing

Poetry Workshop

Twentieth-Century American Poetry

World Literature I

Senior Seminar


Journal Articles

Chronogram: Rogers Park

Cold Mountain Review: Noon

Common Ground Review: Shipwright, Album, Chowder

English: The Journal of the English Association (Great Britain): Portrait of a Collector, South Walk

English Journal: Learning Algebra II, Walking in the Morning

Green Mountains Review: Ashfield, A Theory of Water

Kalliope: The Call

Naugatuck River Review: Field Trip for an All Girls School, Walking Horses, The Burns Effect, Every House on Jimmy Freeze Road

Oxford Magazine: The Pioneer