• Heather Treseler  

    Heather Treseler

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    B.A., Brown University
    Ph.D., University of Notre Dame


    Heather Treseler is Associate Professor of English at Worcester State University, where she teaches creative writing and American literature. Treseler earned a B. A. in Comparative Literature at Brown University and, as a Presidential Fellow, a Ph.D. in English at the University of Notre Dame.

    A poet and essayist, her teaching interests include creative writing, twentieth-century American poetry, Cold War literature and culture, and autobiography. Her poems and essays have appeared in Harvard Review, Boston Review, Iowa Review, Southern Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, Boulevard, The Worcester Review, The Weekly Standard, and Pleiades, among other journals. Recently, she received the Frank O’Hara poetry prize for “Voyeur in June” (2016) and was runner-up for the Editors’ Prize at The Missouri Review (2017), which featured three poems from her manuscript-in-process.

    Treseler’s essays about post-war American poetry also appear (or are forthcoming) in Reading Elizabeth Bishop: An Edinburgh Companion (2018), John Berryman, Centenary Essays (2017), 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).

    Recipient of Worcester State’s George I. Alden Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017), Treseler has also received support for her writing from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017-18, she will be a Visiting Research Associate at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center, finishing a manuscript of poems that recasts stories from classical mythology in contemporary contexts.



  • Courses Taught
    • Creative Writing: Poetry I and Poetry II
    • Contemporary Poetry (1940- present)
    • Modern Poetry (1890-1940)
    • Surveys of American Literature I and II
    • American Women Writers
    • Topics in Twentieth Century Literature
    • Graduate Seminar: Four Major American Poets (Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Wilbur, and John Berryman)
    • Graduate Seminar: American Autobiographies
    • First Year Seminar: Narratives of Law and Desire

    Selected Poems:

     “Daphne on Being Wood,” “Persephone’s Postcard,” and “Demeter: Calendar Girl.” Missouri Review. April of 2017. Runner-Up for the Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize.

     “Voyeur in June.” Winner of the 2016 Frank O’Hara Poetry Prize and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The Worcester Review. November of 2016.

     “Niagara Falls” and “Gnostic’s Book of Genesis.” The Laurel Review. February of 2016.

     “Prayer.” Zocalo Public Square. November of 2015.

    “Vox,” “Theater an der Wien,” and “En’tracte.” Sleipnir. March of 2014.

     “Heresy” and “The Shade.” The Laurel Review. February of 2014.

     “First Opus.” New Border. December of 2013.

     “Collect Call” and “Letter of Law.” Boulevard. September of 2013.

     “Vacationary” and “Waiting Room.” Waccamaw. October of 2012. Nominated for Best New Poets of 2013.

     “Into the Apothecary.” Notre Dame Review. October of 2011. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

     “Salt Samba,” “Lot’s,” “Solstice,” “Triptych,” and “North of Falmouth.” Boulevard. September of 2010.

     “Diagnosis.” Harvard Review. January of 2010.

     “Thei were alle stille and mewet,” “Exeunt,” “Narrator Reads from a Letter,” “Gnosis,” “Mise-en-scène” and “Proscenium.” The Laurel Review. January of 2010.

     “Thoracic Ode” and “Ribosomal Yoga.” The Iowa Review. January of 2010.

     “Thesaurus for a Year of Desire” and “Flying on a Buttress.” Pleiades. December of 2009.  New Poet feature.

    Selected Essays and Interviews:

     “Michael Harper, Poet and Metaphysician.” Journal of Ethnic American Literature. November of 2016.

     “One Long Poem: Elizabeth Bishop’s Letters to Dr. Ruth Foster.” Boston Review. July/August of 2016. Named one of Boston Review’s 25 “Most Read” essays of 2016.

     “Making Poems and History: a Memoir and Interview of Maxine Kumin.” Notre Dame Review. February of 2015.

     “The Subjective Correlative: Poet as Pedagogue.” The Worcester Review. November of 2014.

     “Office Hours: a Memoir and Interview of Michael Harper.” The Iowa Review. December of 2009.

    Selected Book Chapters:

    “‘Private Faces in Public Spaces’: Bishop’s Triptych of Washington, D.C.” Reading Elizabeth Bishop: An Edinburgh Companion. Ed. Jonathan Ellis. Forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press, 2018.

    “Of Letters and Lyric Style: John Berryman’s Homage to Mistress Bradstreet.” John Berryman: Centenary Essays. Eds. Philip Coleman and Peter Campion. Bern: Lang, 2017.

    “Dreaming in Color: Bishop’s Notebook Letter-Poems.” Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century: Reading the New Editions. Eds. Thomas Travisano, B. Hicok, and A. Cleghorn. Charlottesville: U. of Virginia Press, 2012.

    “Of Kin and Kindred: Matthias’s Poetics of Relationality.” The Salt Companion to John Matthias. Ed. Joseph Doerr. Cambridge: Salt Publishing, 2011.

    “Battles in the Boudoir: Thompson’s Metaphors of War.” Dunstan Thompson, On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master. Eds. Kevin Prufer and D. A. Powell. Warrensburg: Pleiades Press, 2010.

    Honors and Grants
    • Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, Visiting Research Associate (2017-18)
    • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Research Grant (2017)
    • Winner of the George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award (2016-17)
    • Frank O’Hara Poetry Prize (September of 2016)
    • Summer Undergraduate Research Grant, “Elizabeth Bishop: from Archive to Archetype” (2015-16)
    • Emerging Poet, Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Read with Carol Ann Duffy, poet laureate of Great Britain, and Philip Levine, former laureate of the United States, in Salem, Massachusetts (May of 2014)
    • Visiting Poet, Bowdoin College (December of 2013)
    • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Poetry Fellowships (2012 and 2013)
    • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Visiting Scholars Program, Research Fellowship (2010-2011)