Staff Directory

Darin Ciccotelli, PhD

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Phone: 949-480-4321

Fax: 949-480-4261

Email: dciccotelli@soka.edu

Faculty - Full-Time

Education

  • PhD Literature and Creative Writing, University of Houston
  • MFA Writing, University of Texas
  • BA English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Central Florida

Positions Held

  • 2010 - Present, Associate Professor, Soka University of America
  • 2003 - 2010, Teaching Fellow, University of Houston

Research Interests

  • Affect Theory
  • American Literature (post-1865)
  • Comics and Graphic Narratives
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • David Foster Wallace
  • the Literature of 9/11
  • Lyric Essay/Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry in Translation
  • Postprocess Theory

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • “Revising ‘The Question’: Thoughts on MFA Vs NYC and the Larger Problems of Institutionalized Creative Writing.” The Writer’s Chronicle (forthcoming).

SELECTED POEMS

  • “Beach Winter,” “Inside this Summer Is Something Clean” and "Primetime," New Orleans Review (15 March 2016)
  • “Framingham” and “The Invisible Hand,” West Branch 80 (Winter 2016)
  • “Spam,” “Apposition” and “Honeysuckle,” Conjunctions (26 January 2016)
  • “Pentimento” and “Late Arrival,” Denver Quarterly (2015)
  • “Late Summer” and “Aubade with Lost Wallet,” Conduit 26 (Spring 2015)
  • “This Is Called Summer.” Subtropics 19 (2015)
  • “Assistance,” “Thornhill Broome,” “Another Songbird” and “Dan Chelotti,” BOMB Magazine (25 July 2014)
  • "Ambient Television” and “Superpower,” Hayden’s Ferry Review 54 Spring/Summer (2014)
  • “The Only Turquoise Left in the Animal Kingdom” and “Plaza,” Colorado Review 40.2 (Summer 2013)
  • “The Season in its Individual Parts,” The Awl 6 June 2013 (2013)
  • “Winter at its Most Hypothetical,” Third Coast Fall 2013 (2013)
  • “The Martyrdom of St. Matthew,” Fence 15.2 (Winter 2012/2013)
  • “Late Valentine,” “This Year” and “The Idea of Good Labor Still Somewhere,” ZYZZYVA 27.4 (2012)
  • “[Children worshipping the small gods, like the]” and “[The next sentence was simply],” Barrow Street (Winter 2011/12)
  • “Rain in Krakow.” Notre Dame Review 33 (2011)
  • “Incredulity of Thomas.” Kenyon Review 14 June 2011 (2011)
  • “[All birds vaguely destroyed].” American Letters & Commentary 22 (2011)
  • “[The night comes on. It snuffs out intentions].” Cimarron Review 175/176 (2011)
  • “[And the zombies, they would deserve our friendship].” Pleiades 31.2 (2011)
  • “Ghosts.” VOLT 16 (2011)
  • “[And he woke knowing the wren was inside him].” Hayden’s Ferry Review 47 (2010)
  • “[All night the thousand bougainvilleas].” The Pinch 30.2 (2010)
  • “[There is no such thing as original].” New South 3.1 (2010)
  • “[It has nothing to do with the quiet, sad dalliances].” New South 3.1 (2010)
  • “[In the animation ghettos of North Hollywood].” Natural Bridge 23 (2010)
  • “Cyclops.” The Tusculum Review 6 (2010)
  • “[Lightning, from the ground up.]” Literary Imagination 9.3 (2007)
  • “[Because of that city of glass.]” Spinning Jenny 10 (2007)
  • “[Nonlovers, we were caught.]” Colorado Review 33.2 (2006)
  • “Silver & Gold.” Hayden’s Ferry Review 30 (2006)
  • “Peter Bogdanovich.” Another Chicago Magazine 44 + 45 (2004)
  • "Confrontation.” Denver Quarterly 37: No. 4 (2003)

Courses Taught at SUA

WRT 101: First-Year Writing

  • “Public, Private, Etc.”
  • “Millennials, Hipsters and Generational Identity”
  • “Technology, Anger and Silence”
  • “The Post-American World”

WRT 301: Advanced Communication Skills (Environmental Studies)

  • “Los Angeles and the Environment”
  • “Writing Orange County”

WRT 301: Advanced Communication Skills (Humanities)

  • “Cultural Criticism and Interpretation”
  • “Reality Hunger”

WRT 301: Advanced Communication Skills (International Studies)

  • “The New Democracy”
  • “Contemporary Rebellion”

WRT 305: Advanced Communication Skills

  • “Writing the Apocalypse”
  • “Writing the Body”
  • “The Rhetoric and Representation of 9/11”

WRT 315: Introduction to Creative Writing

  • “Useful Ambiguity”

Learning Cluster: Writing through Difference

Learning Cluster: Manufactured Landscapes

Learning Cluster: Rewriting Infinite Jest 

Selected Honors & Awards

  • SUA Professor of the Year, 2011–2012
  • Inprint/Lucille Joy Prize in Poetry, 2008
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2003, 2004, 2006
  • Inprint/C. Glen Cambor Fellowship, University of Houston, 2003–2008
  • James A. Michener Fellowship, University of Texas, 2000–2003