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Meet the Faculty

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John Struloeff

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
Director of Creative Writing

Division: Humanities/Teacher Education Division
Office: Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 205
Phone: (310) 506-7702
E-mail: john.struloeff@pepperdine.edu

  • PhD, English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005
  • MA, English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2000
  • BA, English, Oregon State University, 1995


  • Advanced Poetry Writing
  • Advanced Fiction Writing: The Novel
  • Spiritual Writing
  • Creative Writing for the Professional Market

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, 2009
  • Dean's Research Grant (for research in Russia), 2009
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program Grant, 2009
  • Wallace Stegner Fellow, Stanford University, 2005-2007
  • Editor, Poetry Mountain: an online poetry archive (www.poetrymountain.com)
  • Editorial Staff (Reader), Zoetrope: All-Story, 2005-2006
  • Editorial Staff (Reader), Prairie Schooner, 1997-2005
  • Tennessee Williams Scholarship, Sewanee Writers' Conference
  • Weldon Kees Scholarship, Nebraska Summer Writers' Conference
  • The Academy of American Poets
  • The Association of Writers & Writing Programs
  • Modern Language Association

Academic Interests:

  • 20th Century American Literature
  • History-Based Creative Writing
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Place-Based Writing
  • Raymond Carver
  • Russian Literature
  • The Historical Novel

Selected Works:

  • The Man I Was Supposed to Be: Poems, (book) Loom Press, Lowell, MA, 2008.
  • The Southeast Review: Online, (interview) (http://southeastreview.org/2009/03/john-struloeff.html), March 2009.
  • "Loggers," (text reprint and audio) The Atlantic Monthly: An Online Audible Anthology (http://www.theatlantic.com/unbound/poetry/antholog/aaindx.htm).
  • Book review of The Color of Light: Poems on Van Gogh's Paintings by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, Christianity & Literature, 2009.
  • Book review of Visiting Home by Paul J. Willis, Christianity & Literature, 2009.
  • "The Fish Garden," (short story reprint) Fishing's Greatest Misadventures, Ed. Tyler McMahon, Casagrande Press, 2008.
  • "Tolstoy, at Age Sixty-Seven, Learns to Ride a Bicycle," (poem) Western Humanities Review, Summer 2008.
  • "Voyeurs," (poem) Western Humanities Review, Summer 2008.
  • "Underlife," (poem) Elsewhere: A Journal for the Literature of Place, 2008.
  • "Tattoos on the Son of a Fisherman," (poem) Elsewhere: A Journal for the Literature of Place, 2008.
  • "Race," (poem) Dash Literary Journal, 2008.
  • "Titan's Web," (poem) Dash Literary Journal, 2008.
  • "The Night Before Leaving," (poem) The Broken Bridge Review, 2008.
  • "Bar Pilots," (poem reprint) Verse Daily, August 4, 2007.
  • "The Fish Garden," (short story reprint) Tight Lines: Ten Years of the Yale Anglers' Journal, Ed. Joseph Furia, et al., Yale University Press, 2007.
  • "Bar Pilots," (poem) The Southern Review, Summer 2007.
  • "Salmon Spawn," (poem) ZYZZYVA, Spring 2007.
  • "Old Growth Photograph," (poem) ZYZZYVA, Spring 2007.
  • "Loggers," "The Foothills," "Logger, 43, Divorced," "The Man I Was Supposed to Be," "First Winter Storm," "On Winter Nights," and "Knee-Deep in the Pacific," (text reprints and audio files) From the Fishouse (www.fishousepoems.org), featured May/June 2007 but will be on permanent archive thereafter.
  • "Fishermen," (poem) RAIN Magazine, 2007.
  • "The Language of Rain," (poem) RAIN Magazine, 2007.
  • "And Then There's Marvin," (poem) Rhino, 2007.
  • "The Foothills," (poem) The Madison Review, 2007.
  • "As My Uncle Rides an Exercise Bike at the Rec Center, He Tries to Explain Moby Dick to the Man Riding Beside Him," (poem) Prairie Schooner, Winter 2006.
  • "Angry Flower," (prose poem) Prairie Schooner, Winter 2006.
  • "Searching for Orion," (poem) Prairie Schooner, Winter 2006.
  • "Table Saw," (poem) Prairie Schooner, Winter 2006.
  • "Voyeurs," (poem) PN Review (UK), Sept 2006.
  • "Upon the Disappearance of a Local Girl," (novel excerpt) Zoetrope: All-Story Staff Anthology, 2006.
  • "The Old Maple," (poem) Writers' Journal, Sept/Oct 2006.
  • "Windstorms," (poem) Poet Lore, Spring/Summer 2006.
  • "Funeral of Earl Jay, a Logger," (poem) Poet Lore, Spring/Summer 2006.
  • "The Man I Was Supposed to Be," (poem) Rosebud Magazine, Spring 2006.
  • "The Radio," (poem) Confrontation Magazine, Spring/Summer 2006.
  • "Sleeping Judy," (poem) The Louisville Review, Fall 2005.
  • "The Lost Brother," (poem) Permafrost, Summer 2005.
  • One of Us, (poem) Permafrost, Summer 2005.
  • Sturgeon, (poem) Ellipsis, Spring 2005.
  • Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ - October, 11, 2002, (poem) Desert Voices, 2005.
  • Becoming, (poem) Plainsongs, Winter 2005.
  • No Longer a Hunter, (poem) Open Spaces Magazine, Winter 2004.
  • Above the Ravine, (poem) Slipstream, 2004.
  • Loggers, (poem) The Atlantic Monthly, June 2004.
  • Audio file of "Loggers" on The Atlantic Monthly: An Audible Anthology, (http://www.theatlantic.com/unbound/poetry/antholog/aaindx.htm), June 2004.
  • Logger, 43, Divorced, (poem) The South Carolina Review, Spring 2004.
  • Tools, (poem) Hard Row to Hoe: Reviews from Rural America, Winter 2004.
  • Realism, (poem) Hard Row to Hoe: Reviews from Rural America, Winter 2004.
  • Cricket, (poem) Rattle, Summer 2003.
  • Bone, (poem) Poet Lore, 2003.
  • First Winter Storm, (poem) Center, 2003.
  • The Fish Garden., (short story) Yale Anglers' Journal, Spring 2003.
  • The Painting, (short story) Writers' Forum, 2002.
  • The Artist, (short story) Pangolin Papers, Winter 2002.
  • August, (short story) Descant, 2002.
  • American Home, (short story) The Rockford Review, Winter 2002.
  • Knee-Deep in the Pacific, (poem) War, Literature & the Arts, Special Double Edition 2001.
  • It Comes Back, (short story) The Literary Review, Summer 2001.
  • Departure, (short story) Red Wheelbarrow, Spring 2001.
  • The Fish Garden, (short story) Willow Review, Spring 2000.
  • Uncle Walt, (short story) Other Voices, Fall/Winter 1999.

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