Christopher Santiago portrait

Christopher Santiago

Assistant Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., University of Southern California
M.A., University of Southern California
B.A., Oberlin College
B.M., Oberlin College
At St. Thomas since 2015
Office
JRC 354
Hours
(Fall 2019) M 1:00-2:30pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5609

Chris Santiago is the author of Tula, selected by A. Van Jordan as the winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, and published by Milkweed Editions. A 2018 McKnight Writing Fellow, his poems, fiction, and criticism have appeared in FIELDCopper NickelPleiades, and the Asian American Literary Review. He has also received fellowships from Kundiman and the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, and was a finalist for the 2017 Minnesota Book Award. He studied creative writing and music at Oberlin College and received his PhD in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Southern California. In February 2019, Say Home, his collaboration with composer Lembit Beecher and ethnographer Todd Lawrence, received its world premiere by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He teaches courses in creative writing, worldbuilding, and Asian American literature.

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 255 - W01 Intro to Imaginative Writing M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 SCB 211

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

SCB 211

Course Registration Number:

41449 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Santiago

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 satisfies the core Literature and Writing requirement for students who started that requirement with an ENGL 201-204 class, fulfills the Genre Studies requirement in the English major, and meets a requirement for the English with Creative Writing Emphasis and English with a Professional Writing Emphasis majors. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

Schedule Details

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ENGL 322 - W01 Writing Fiction M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 SCB 211

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

SCB 211

Course Registration Number:

40082 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Santiago

This intermediate course explores traditional and innovative patterns of fiction writing. Emphasis on experimentation with a variety of techniques and development of individual voice. This course will include critique sessions, readings to broaden possibilities of form and subject, and individual instruction. This course fulfills the Genre Study requirement in the English major. Prerequisite: ENGL 255 or permission of instructor.

Schedule Details

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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W05 Gangsters, Geeks, & Spies M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

Course Registration Number:

21975 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Santiago

This course explores fiction, music, poetry, video games, graphic novels, and other forms of media that explode myths about Asian & Asian American culture. We’ll meet Amadeus Cho, a teenaged genius who also happens to be the next Incredible Hulk, and Maika Halfwolf, the steampunk heroine of the Image comic MONSTRESS. We’ll read FRESH OFF THE BOAT, the memoir of a one-time thug who conquers the foodie world, and play BUTTERFLY SOUP, an interactive game about four queer girls in the Bay Area who to happen to love baseball and each other. We’ll unpack hip-hop lyrics by M.I.A., and crack the cultural codes in the standup comedy of Ali Wong and in Aziz Ansari’s Emmy Award-winning MASTER OF NONE. And we’ll decipher the testimony of the captain in the best-selling novel THE SYMPATHIZER, an ex-soldier who describes himself as “a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces.” The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the WAC Writing Intensive requirement.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 203 - W11 Gangsters, Geeks, & Spies M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

Course Registration Number:

21976 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Santiago

This course explores fiction, music, poetry, video games, graphic novels, and other forms of media that explode myths about Asian & Asian American culture. We’ll meet Amadeus Cho, a teenaged genius who also happens to be the next Incredible Hulk, and Maika Halfwolf, the steampunk heroine of the Image comic MONSTRESS. We’ll read FRESH OFF THE BOAT, the memoir of a one-time thug who conquers the foodie world, and play BUTTERFLY SOUP, an interactive game about four queer girls in the Bay Area who to happen to love baseball and each other. We’ll unpack hip-hop lyrics by M.I.A., and crack the cultural codes in the standup comedy of Ali Wong and in Aziz Ansari’s Emmy Award-winning MASTER OF NONE. And we’ll decipher the testimony of the captain in the best-selling novel THE SYMPATHIZER, an ex-soldier who describes himself as “a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces.” The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the WAC Writing Intensive requirement.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 405 - D01 Advanced Creative Writing M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20687 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Santiago

This advanced course will focus on the student’s development of a substantial body of work in a chosen genre: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Students will review their previous writing, do further exploration of a chosen genre, and produce significant new work in that genre. Reading will include theoretical and creative texts. This course fulfills the Genre Study requirement in the English major. Prerequisite: ENGL 321 or 322 or 323 or permission of instructor based on examination of a portfolio.

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