Rebecca Stafford

Associate Professor of English


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Rebecca Hazelton Stafford is the author of Gloss, forthcoming from the University of Wisconsin Press, Vow from Cleveland State UP, and Fair Copy from Ohio State University Press, winner of the Wheeler Prize. She is the co-editor of The Manifesto Project, with Alan Michael Parker, from the University of Akron’s Series in Contemporary Poetics. She has won the Discovery/The Nation prize, and been awarded two Pushcart Prizes, along with the Jay C. and Ruth Hall fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and fellowships for Vermont Studio Center and the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. Her poems have been published in journals such as Poetry and The New Yorker, and anthologized in Best New Poets and Best American Poetry. Her first fiction piece, “The Second Person,” was recently published in The Literary Review. She is currently at work on a young adult novel.

Selected Scholarship

Poetry Books:

Gloss. University of Wisconsin Press. 2019.

Vow. Cleveland State University Press. 2013.

Fair Copy. Ohio State University Press. 2012.

Edited Anthology:

The Manifesto Project. The University of Akron Press. Co-edited with Alan Michael Parker. 


No Girls No Telephones. Black Lawrence Press. Co-authored with Brittany Cavallaro. 2014.

Bad Star. Yes Yes Books. 2013.

Tender Trapper. Floating Wolf Quarterly. 2012.

Selected Poems:

"Group Sex," Gulf Coast, 2019. 

"Late Youth" and "Opening Song," Queen Mob's Teahouse, 2018. 

"Generic Husband," New Yorker, 2017.

"Letter to the Editor," New Yorker, 2016. 

"The Good in the Evil World," Poetry, March 2016. 

Pedagogy Related Essays

“The Choice of Constraint: How Not Getting to Do Everything Leads To Doing What you Want.” Poetry Foundation Learning Lab. 2017.

“Why Write in Form? Mastering the traditional ways to forge new ones.” Poetry Foundation Learning Lab. 2016.

“Learning About Figurative Language: How to Use Simile and Metaphor Like a Boss.” Poetry Foundation Learning Lab. 2015.

“Teaching the Persona Poem: Don’t Write What You Know; Write Who You Aren’t. Poetry Foundation Learning Lab. 2014.

“Learning the Poetic Line: How Line Breaks Shape Meaning.” Poetry Foundation Learning Lab. 2014.

“Adventures in Anaphora: Students Write More Creatively When They Repeat Themselves.” Poetry Foundation Learning Lab. 2013.