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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
Hours
(Spring 2017) M 4:00-5:30pm; also by appointment
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.

Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 422 - 01 Literary Magazine Practicum II M - - - - - - 1730 - 1915 JRC 227
CRN: 20484 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Matthew C. Batt The spring semester component of the sequence includes readings from The Art of Literary Editing; active involvement with other editors in the selection process; learning and applying principles of literary copyediting; using desktop publishing to produce the new edition of Summit Avenue Review, from the creation of style sheets and master pages to final proofreading; writing a reflection essay on the editing process as you experienced it; examining the design and content of five professional literary magazine web sites; learning the Dreamweaver web design program; and managing the Summit Avenue Review web site. Prerequisites: ENGL 421

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GENG 514 - 01 Genre: Literary Nonfiction - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 21865 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Matthew C. Batt While the form of the essay is millennia old, the field of literary or creative nonfiction has barely escaped its infancy. In this study of genre, we will investigate both the roots of the essay as well as the ever-emerging new iterations of the form. We will read widely among contemporary nonfiction writers such as Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, Ta- Nehisi Coates, Dave Eggers, and many others. We will participate in the form as well, by writing both critically and creatively about and in the form of literary nonfiction in sub-genres such as the personal essay, travel writing, nature writing, the ekphrastic essay, immersion journalism, the lyric essay, and even the most contemporary forms such as the podcast and the video essay.

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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 With its focus on thematic and intertextual perspectives, the readings in this course might be ordered any number of ways: according to theme, an idea that develops across genres or literary periods, or by their incorporation of specific oral or textual precedents (e.g. mythology, the Bible, classical writings, legends, or folklore). The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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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 With its focus on thematic and intertextual perspectives, the readings in this course might be ordered any number of ways: according to theme, an idea that develops across genres or literary periods, or by their incorporation of specific oral or textual precedents (e.g. mythology, the Bible, classical writings, legends, or folklore). The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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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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