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Gustafson, Jim (MFA)

Visiting Instructor I
Department of Language & Literature
Phone: 239-745-4550

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MFA, University of Tampa
M.Div. Garrett Theological Seminary, Northwestern University
B.A. English & Philosophy, Florida Southern College


Creative writing

Courses Offered

CRW 2001 Introduction to Creative Writing
CRN 3311 Poetic Techniques
ENC 1101 Composition I
ENC 1102 Composition II


  • Take Fun Seriously, Limitless Press, West Palm Beach, Florida 2006
  • Driving Home, Aldrich Press, Torrance, California 2013
  • Unassisted Living, Big Table Publishing, Boston, Massachusetts 2017
  • Friar Fred's Diary, Big Table Publishing, Boston, MA 2018

Recent Poetry Journal Publications Include

  • The New Verse News, Prick of the Spindle, The Tishman Review, Poetry Quarterly
  • Driftwood Press Literary Magazine, Your One Phone Call, Chicago Literati,
  • Dual Coast Magazine, Requiem Magazine, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine,
  • Three Line Poetry, Front Porch Review, Rattle, The New Guard

Conference Presentations

Recent Workshops & Readings
  • "Lectores," University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, January 2019
  • "Rattle Poetry Workshop," Wrightwood, California, April 2019
  • "Sanibel Island Writers Conference," Sanibel Island, Florida, November 2017
  • "The Writers Hotel," New York, New York June 2016 and 2017
  • "The Bowery Poetry Club, New York, New York June 2017
  • "Disquiet Literary Seminar," Lisbon, Portugal, June 2015

Grants & Awards

  • University of Tampa
    Outstanding Graduate Student 2015
  • Garrett Theological Seminary 1972
    Annual Conference Ordination Speaker
  • Florida Southern College 1968
    Buckner Award in Philosophy
  • Fellowship
    "Disquiet Literary Seminar," Lisbon, Portugal, 2015


Current Community Service

Lee County Alliance for the Arts: Initiated “The Poetry Alliance” – ongoing poetry courses, workshops, readings, and open mics at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts.