Jennifer Maritza McCauley, M.F.A., Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities
Jennifer Maritza McCauley teaches composition, literature and creative writing in
the Literature program. Her courses include Composition I, Creative Writing, and Literature
and Experience. Jennifer is a writer, teacher and editor. She received a grant from
the National Endowment for the Arts, and awards from Best of the Net, Independent
Publisher Book Awards, Academy of American Poets and a Pushcart Prize Special Mention.
She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Florida International University
and her Ph.D. in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Missouri. She
is presently a fiction editor at the literary journal Pleiades and was formerly a
contest editor and poetry editor at The Missouri Review. Her cross-genre collection
SCAR ON/SCAR OFF (2017) was released on Stalking Horse Press.
Areas of Expertise
• Creative writing
• Poetry, fiction, non-fiction
• Hybrid forms
• African-American literature
• 20th and 21st century American literature
• Afro-Latinx/Latin-American literature
• Latinx/Latin-American literature
Courses (Current Academic Year)
- Creative Writing
- Literature and Experience
- Composition I
Jennifer is a multi-genre writer and considers hybrid forms, short stories, historical fiction, personal narratives and lyric essays a special creative home. Her creative and critical projects currently center on Black women during the American Reconstruction Era, Black Puerto Rican transnational exchanges, and the Afro-Puerto Rican experience in the United States.
Awards and Accomplishments
- Best of the Net
- Independent Publisher Book Awards
- Academy of American Poets
- Pushcart Prize Special Mention