Worcester State University
English Department


Heather Treseler

Heather Treseler

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Office: S-304K
Phone: (508) 929-8710
Email: htreseler@worcester.edu

B.A., Brown University

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Heather Treseler is Assistant Professor of English at Worcester State University, where she teaches American literature and creative writing. Treseler earned a B. A. in Comparative Literature at Brown University (2002) and, as a Presidential Fellow, a Ph.D. in English at the University of Notre Dame (2010). Treseler’s research and teaching interests include twentieth-century American poetry, Cold War literature and culture, and traditions in American autobiography. Her current research project examines how selected Middle Generation poets’ letter-writing practices and use of other social media—the travelogue and the telegram, the diary and the dream notebook—influenced their stylization of lyric address in the Cold War decades.

Treseler’s essays about post-war American poetry appear in three books: Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century (2012), The Salt Companion to John Matthias (2011), and Dunstan Thompson: on the Life and Work of a Lost American Master (2010). In 2010-11, she was appointed to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Visiting Scholars Program, which awards year-long fellowships to promising scholars in the humanities.

Treseler is also a poet and a memoirist. Her poems and essays have appeared in over a dozen national journals including Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Southern Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, The Laurel Review, Margie, and Pleiades. She has received residency fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center for work on a manuscript of poems. In 2012, she joined the editorial staff of Boulevard as a contributing editor of poetry and non-fiction, and her poem sequence “Into the Apothecary” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


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