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Department of Language and Literature

James Brock

James BrockProfessor
20th century British and American literature
Phone: (239) 590-7171
Office: RH 227


Indiana University, Ph.D. (1992)
Indiana University, M.F.A. (1984)
The College of Idaho, B.A. (1981)

Teaching and research interests: 20th-Century Literature, Creative Writing, Composition

Professor Brock has been teaching at FGCU since 1998, after having been something of an academic Kelly Girl, teaching at universities in Indiana, Tennessee, Idaho, Pennsylvania, and Miami, before landing in Fort Myers. His current projects involve playwriting and performing, where he is a founding member of Ghostbird Theatre Company, the resident theatre company of the Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center in downtown Fort Myers. A native of Idaho, he is a big fan of Matthew Barney, Boise State football, and Picabo Street.

Book Publications

  • Gods & Money (WordTech Editions, 2010)
  • Pictures That Got Small (WordTech Editions, 2005)
  • nearly Florida (Anhinga, 2000)
  • The Sunshine Mine Disaster (U. of Idaho, 1995)


  • The Guardsman, a translation of Ferenc Molnár’s comedy, 2015
  • Because Beauty Must Be Broken Daily, 2014
  • The Pumpkin Grower, 2012

Selected Performances

  • Old Man, Fool for Love, 2013
  • Doctor, Woyzeck, 2013
  • Henry, Mud, 2012
  • Lucifer, Faustus Burns Brightly, 2012
  • Old Man of Argos, Agamemnon, 2011
  • Mr. Scratch, Wooden Mouth, 2010
  • Kerch, Apocalypse: The Living Blog, 2008

Selected Awards

  • National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship
  • Alex Haley Fellowship
  • Playwriting Fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

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