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Cornelius, Lori (MFA)

Coordinator/Instructor lll
Department of Language & Literature
Office: RH 0201A
Phone: 239-590-7713

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MFA, Vermont College/Norwich University

Research and Teaching Interests

My current research interests involve the intersection of folk and fairy tales with aspects of law, as well as the implications of birth order in contemporary literature. Writing at the university level helps students cultivate their critical thinking skills in order to develop their best writing selves.

Courses Offered

Composition I & II (ENC 1101 & 1102)
Introduction to Literature (LIT 2000)
American Literature & Culture II (AML 2020)
Intro to Creative Writing (CRW 2001)
Narrative Techniques (CRW 3111)
Advanced Fiction (CRW 4120)
Special Topics in Creative Writing (CRW 4930)
University Colloquium (IDS 3920)


  • "Before Language There Was Rhythm" (Interview with Lewis "Buddy" Nordan)
  • "For the Love of Place: Using Karen Russell's SwamplandiaI to Convey a Sense of Place"
  • "Into the Swamp: An Examination of Folk Narrative Structures and Storylines in Karen Russell's Swamplandia! Women of Florida Fiction: Essays on 12 Sunshine State Writers

Conference Presentations

  • "Elevating the Unexpected: Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Cohorted Populations"
  • "The Role of Composition and Writing Faculty in a University-wide QEP—The Impact of Publication: Literary Magazines, Chapbooks and Other Deliverables"
  • "I Know What You did Last Summer: Preloading Student Success"

Grants & Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Seidler Foundation Scholarly Collaboration Fellowship, "Folklaw: the Intersection of Folklore and Legal Studies
  • Southwest Florida Prize for Fiction