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Matthew Batt

Associate Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., University of Utah
M.F.A., The Ohio State University
M.A., Boston College
B.A., Marquette University
At St. Thomas since 2007
Office
JRC 324
Phone
(651) 962-5605
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Selected Publications Fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in Tin House, Mid-American Review, Fifth Wednesday, Quarterly West, Western Humanities Review, Soundings East, The Isthmus, San Francisco Chronicle, Salt Lake Magazine, Another Chicago Magazine, and in the anthology Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast.


Current Book-Length Projects Sugarhouse, the story of renovating what might have been a Salt Lake City crackhouse, and The Enthusiast, a collection of compulsive essays about obsessive subjects such as baking sourdough bread, fixed-gear cycling, rock climbing, spelunking in third-world countries, parenting, and other fairly unreasonable things.


Editorial Experience Internship at The Atlantic Monthly.  Served as Nonfiction Editor of Quarterly West and REAL: Regarding Arts and Literature.  Served as Contributing Editor at the Ohio State Journal and Another Chicago Magazine.


Grants and Awards Recipient of a 2010 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Five-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize.

Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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ENGL 203 - W11 The Wild: In and Around Us - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 210
CRN: 42464 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Matthew C. Batt This semester we will read and write personally and critically about ourselves in relation to “nature,” which is as many-faceted and complicated a notion as exists. Who defines, for instance, what is “nature”? What and for whom is “nature”? Is a federally-protected mountaintop lake as “natural” as a big-city man-made pond? Should we consider “nature” a primarily biological, geological, philosophical, theological, or existential concept? Readings will include both contemporary and historical work by mostly Western authors potentially including Milton, Dante, Charles Brockden Brown, Herman Melville, James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Black Elk, Norman Maclean, N. Scott Momaday, Annie Dillard, Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrienne Rich, Jon Krakauer, Cheryl Strayed, and Viet Nguyen. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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ENGL 203 - W12 The Wild: In and Around Us - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 210
CRN: 42465 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Matthew C. Batt This semester we will read and write personally and critically about ourselves in relation to “nature,” which is as many-faceted and complicated a notion as exists. Who defines, for instance, what is “nature”? What and for whom is “nature”? Is a federally-protected mountaintop lake as “natural” as a big-city man-made pond? Should we consider “nature” a primarily biological, geological, philosophical, theological, or existential concept? Readings will include both contemporary and historical work by mostly Western authors potentially including Milton, Dante, Charles Brockden Brown, Herman Melville, James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Black Elk, Norman Maclean, N. Scott Momaday, Annie Dillard, Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrienne Rich, Jon Krakauer, Cheryl Strayed, and Viet Nguyen. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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ENGL 255 - W01 Intro to Imaginative Writing M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 313
CRN: 41863 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Matthew C. Batt This course introduces students to skills necessary for imaginative writing. It includes close readings of literary texts that model basic techniques, weekly writing exercises that encourage exploration and development of craft, and workshop discussions to develop students’ critical skills. This course will include instruction in setting, character, voice, point of view, literal and figurative imagery, rhythm and sound patterns, and literary structures. This course fulfills the Genre Study requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

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ENGL 421 - 01 Literary Magazine Practicum I M - - - - - - 1730 - 1915 JRC 227
CRN: 40464 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Matthew C. Batt Activities during the fall semester of the sequence include readings from The Little Magazine: A History and Bibliography and The Little Magazine in America: A Modern Documentary History; examining the design and content of fifteen professional literary magazines; learning InDesign CS3 desktop publishing program; creating preliminary Summit Avenue Review page designs; working collaboratively with other literary magazine editors to develop selection procedures and principles; and writing a comparison essay on two professional literary magazines. Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 321 or 322 or 323 or instructor permission.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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