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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.

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
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Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 201 - W07 Writers at Work M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 SCB 206

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

SCB 206

Course Registration Number:

21961 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Matthew C. Batt

Writers at Work will examine fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry from the point of view of both writer and audience, artist and critic. We will read contemporary literature in each genre, as well as some secondary materials written whenever possible by those same authors. For example, we might read David Mamet's play GLENGARRY, GLEN ROSS and then his craft book ON DIRECTING FILM; Charles Baxter's novel THE FEAST OF LOVE and then his craft book THE ART OF SUBTEXT; Richard Hugo's poetry as well as his craft book THE TRIGGERING TOWN; Annie Dillard and Jo Anne Beard's essays paired with Sven Birkerts' THE ART OF TIME IN MEMOIR; and then various readings paired with THE WRITERS' NOTEBOOK: CRAFT ESSAYS FROM TIN HOUSE. Everyone will both write in and about each genre. 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.

Schedule Details

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ENGL 323 - W01 Writing Creative Nonfiction M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 SCB 206

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

SCB 206

Course Registration Number:

21300 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Matthew C. Batt

This intermediate course explores traditional and innovative patterns of creative nonfiction 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. Prerequisites: ENGL 255 or permission of instructor.

Schedule Details

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ENGL 422 - 01 Literary Magazine Practicum II M - - - - - - 1730 - 1915 JRC 227

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M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1730 - 1915

Location:

JRC 227

Course Registration Number:

20405 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

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GENG 698 - 02 Independent Reading - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23003 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Matthew C. Batt

Students will work closely with a faculty mentor on independent research. This research will involve substantial individualized reading, writing, and research.

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Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
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