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Dr. Janice Fuller

LITERATURE: poetry; Native American Literature; 20th Century American and British Literature; the oral tradition

JaniceFuller.jpgDr. Janice Fuller  
Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence

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  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina. Degree received December 1989. Major: Twentieth-Century American and British Literature. Minors: Rhetoric and Composition, Nineteenth-Century British Literature, American Literature Before 1914, the Novel. Dissertation: "Wallace Stevens, James Merrill, and the Way of the Dandy."
  • Post- Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. Three-hour graduate course, "A Crisis of Conscience: The Poetry of Blake, Arnold, and Tennyson." Summer 1985.
  • M.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina. Degree received December 1978. Major: English.
  • B.A. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Degree received May 1973. Majors: English and music. Angier B. Duke scholar.

August 1981 - Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina. present
Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English


  • Archeology Is a Destructive Science, a chapbook. Scots Plaid Press, 1998
  • "paWpaWmOORe," a poem. Potato Eyes. Spring/Summer 1992
  • "Maw Maw's Gift," "The Second Movement," poems. Women's Words: Journal of Carolina Writing. vol. 2, 1993.
  • "Cryptogram," a poem. Crucible, Fall 1993.
  • "Photo in Black and White," "and gladly learne," and "photo: circa 1948," poems. Asheville Poetry Review, Spring/Summer 1995
  • "Photo in Black and White," a poem. Cold Mountain Review, Fall 1995
  • "Valentine's Day 1959," a poem. Crucible, Fall 1996
  • "The Only Child," a poem. Pembroke Magazine, Spring 1998
  • "Excavation at Kampsville," a poem. Main Street Rag, Winter 1998
  • "She Reads Walking Across Egypt," "Valentine's Day 1959," "The Only Child," "the straight man," "MawMaw's Gift," poems. Muse and Spirit, Autumn 1998
  • "Delicacy" and "On the Tenth Anniversary of Our Divorce," Tar River Poetry, Spring 2000
  • "Through a Falcarragh Cottage Window," Earth and Soul, an English-Russian, bi-lingual anthology, Kostroma Press, 2001
  • "My Mother’s Seventieth Birthday," New Welsh Review, Fall 2001
  • "This Whistling Is for You There in the Dark," forthcoming in Poets for Peace, March 2002


  • "The Conventions of Counterpoint and Fugue in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," Mississippi Quarterly, Winter 1987-1988
  • "Hawthorne as Protomodernist: The Relationship of Flesh and Marble in The Marble Faun," Postscript, 1988
  • "Teaching Citizenship Through Ancient Texts: A Reading and Writing Approach, The Freshman Year Experience Newsletter vol. 3, issue 3, 1991
  • "James Merrill's 'The Broken Home,'" "James Merrill's 'Domino,'""Philip Larkin's 'Reasons for Attendance,'" "Robert Lowell's 'Waking in the Blue,'" Masterplots II: Poetry. Pasadena: Salem, 1992
  • "Dreaming Back Through the Poetic Life: James Merrill's A Scattering of Salts," Asheville Poetry Review, Fall/Winter 1995
  • "Psychiatric Songs of Innocence and Experience," Asheville Poetry Review, Fall/Winter 1996
  • "Bedpost Clocks and Table Driftwood" (an article-length review of Linda Parsons's Home Fires), Asheville Poetry Review, Fall/Winter 1998
  • "The New South Holds the Old South in its Arms" (an article-length review of Cathy Smith Bowers’s Traveling in Time of Danger), Asheville Poetry Review, Fall/Winter 2000
  • "Music, Translation, and Poetry: An Interview with Menna Elfyn," Asheville Poetry Review, Fall/Winter 2001


  • Featured Emerging Southern Writer, Southern Women Writers' Conference, Berry College, 1995
  • Runner-up, 1998 Persephone Press Award, for chapbook Archeology Is a Destructive Science
  • Owen-Walters Prize for Poetry, presented by the English Department of North Carolina State University, March 1997, for poem "Excavation at Kampsville"
  • Second Place in Owen-Walters Prize competition, March 1997, for poem "Photo at Moore's Chapel Crossroad"
  • Finalist for 1998 William and Kingman Page Chapbook Competition (Nightshade Press) for chapbook Archeology Is a Destructive Science
  • Fellow, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Resident, Anam Cara, Beara Penninsula, Ireland, June 2001
  • Resident, Tyrone Guthrie Center, Ireland, October 2001
  • Poet-in-Residence, Ty Newydd, Wales, May 2001
  • Featured Poet in Statewide Blumenthal Readers and Writers Series, Spring 1999, Sponsored by North Carolina Writers Network
  • North Carolina Arts Council Writer's Fellowship to attend Vermont Studio Center, 2000
  • Arts and Science Council Regional Artist Grant to attend Summer Literary Seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia, Summer 2001
  • Runner-up, 2005 Oscar Arnold Young Award, for poetry book "Sex Education"


  • Poetry readings at Pfeiffer College, Catawba College, North Carolina State University, Southern Women Writers Conference (Berry College), Sweet Meadow Cafe (Salisbury, NC), Epic Cafe (Tucson, Arizona), Malaprops Cafe (Asheville, NC), Museum of Modern Art (Raleigh, NC), St. Angela's College (Sligo, Ireland), Pat's Tavern and Art Gallery (Charlotte, NC), Elon College, Western Carolina University, the Light Factory (Charlotte), the Weymouth Center (Southern Pines, NC), South Atlantic Modern Langauge Association 2000 Annual Conference, Oriel Mostyn Gallery (Wales), Tyrone Guthrie Center (Ireland), Bean Streets Café (Asheville), Literary Bookpost (Salisbury, NC)
  • Reading tour of the United Kingdom, including readings at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Dylan Thomas’s house, Swansea; Y Porth, Llandysul; Trinity College, Carmarthen; Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor; Ty Newydd; May 2001
  • Keynote Speaker and Reader, Poetry Week in the Albemarle, sponsored by Albemarle Literary Center, Hertford, NC, April 2001
  • Poetry Workshops sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society at the Weymouth Center, Elon College, Arts Council of Jacksonville, Davidson College
  • Poetry Workshops taught at Ty Newydd, Wales, summers of 1998 and 2000, October 2001


  • Leona Fleming Herman Endowed Chair in English, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000
  • Outstanding Dissertation of the Year, English Department, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1989
  • Teacher of the Year Award, presented to the Catawba College faculty member selected by popular vote of the students, 1990-91, 1992-93, 1993-94, and 1994-95
  • The Swink Prize for Outstanding Classroom Teaching, an annual award presented to the member of the Catawba College faculty who is judged by the Faculty Senate to be an outstanding classroom teacher, 1990-91
  • Phi Epsilon Award at Catawba College for outstanding character, leadership, and participation in extracurricular activities, 1990
  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for outstanding character and leadership, Catawba College, 1999
  • Participant in six-week NEH Summer Institute for College and University Professors: "Homer's Vision of the World," University of Arizona, Summer 1990
  • Participant in NEH Summer Seminar "W.B. Yeats--Poet as Autobiographer," Saint Angela's College, Sligo, Ireland, Summer 1993
  • Participant in NEH Summer Institute for College and University Professors "Homer and Oral Literature" University of Arizona, Summer 1994
  • Participant in NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Professors "Post-Colonial Theory and Literature," School for Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Summer 1996
  • Wye Fellow at the Aspen Institute's Wye Faculty Seminar, Wye Woods Conference Facility, Maryland, Summer 1991


  • Board Member, North Carolina Writers' Network, 1999 -
  • Board Member, Poetry Council of North Carolina, 1998 -
  • Member of North Carolina Writers Conference, 1998 -
  • Coordinator for Black Cat Readings, Sweet Meadow Café,Wrenn House Grill and Bar, and Literary Bookpost (Salisbury, NC), 1994-2001
  • Chair or Associate Chair for sessions at annual Conference on College Composition and Communication, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994
  • Reader of articles for Mississippi Quarterly, 1989-
  • Featured Speaker at Western Regional Meeting of College English Instructors at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, October 6, 1989. Topic: "The Application of the Educare Model to the Community College Curriculum"
  • Six-week summer grant to study Native American Literature at Poetry Center, University of Arizona, Summer 1992
  • Presenter of session on journal writing for Covey's "Seven Habits" Workshop, Catawba College School of Business, 1995
  • Designer of WISER writing workshops for Catawba and Livingstone College faculty, August 1995
  • Coordinator and grant writer for week-long Luis Rodriguez residency, Catawba College and Rowan County, February 2000


  • "Academic Counter-Revolution of the 80's: A View and an Application," a presentation at the Association of General and Liberal Studies National Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, November 1983
  • "Centering the Freshman Experience: The EDUCARE Program at Catawba College," a presentation at the Third National Conference of the Freshman-Year Experience, University of South Carolina, February 1985
  • "EDUCARE, a Campus-wide Retention Effort," a panel presentation at the annual meeting of Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors, Charlotte, North Carolina, May 1986
  • "Integrating the Teaching of Reading and Writing Skills with a College Content Course," a presentation at Old Dominion University's Second Annual Academic skills Conference, Norfolk, November 1986
  • "Hawthorne as Protomodernist: The Relationship of Flesh and Marble in The Marble Faun," a paper presented at the Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Philological Association of the Carolinas, Greensboro, North Carolina, March 1987
  • "Optimism Through Form: The Mastery of the Conventions of Counterpoint and Fugue in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," a paper presented at the Carson McCullers Symposium, Columbus College, October 1987
  • "Does This Stuff Mean Anything? Ancient Texts and Catawba College's Freshman Program," a presentation at Workshop on the Freshman Year Program at the Small Liberal Arts College, St. Louis, March 1990
  • "Teaching Citizenship Through Ancient Texts: A Reading and Writing Approach," a paper presented at the Conference on The Freshman Year Experience, Small College Focus, Baltimore, November 1990
  • "Achieving Writing Across the Curriculum Through an Interdisciplinary Freshman Program," a paper presented at the Regional Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, College of Charleston, February 1993
  • "Aristotle, Argumentation, and Citizenship: Developing Reading and Writing Skills," a paper presented at the College Reading Association Annual Conference, Richmond, Virginia, November 1993
  • "The New South Holds the Old South in Its Arms: The Poetry of Cathy Smith Bowers," Catawba College Colloquium on Southern Literature and Culture, October 2000