Curriculum Vitae
Chad Abushanab, Ph.D.


Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing, Texas Tech University (2019)

Dissertation: “The Last Visit”
Committee: John Poch (chair), William Wenthe, and Curtis Bauer

M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry), Vanderbilt University (2012)

Thesis: “A Life of Plastic Men”
Committee: Mark Jarman (chair), Kate Daniels, and Rick Hilles

B.A. in English with a minor in Creative Writing, College of Charleston (2008)



The Last Visit, winner of the Donald Justice Poetry Prize (selected by Jericho Brown), Autumn House Press, 2019.


“A Voice from the Wreck,” The New York Times Magazine (selected by Rita Dove), May 2019.

“Visiting My Own Grave,” The New Criterion (forthcoming). 

“Cheating in a Small Town,” “Drinking All Night in Tennessee,” and “Plastic Men,” The Hopkins Review (forthcoming).

“Confession: Silva’s Quarry,” The Believer, Issue 125, Jun/July 2019. 

“A Haunted House,” Leafbread, Issue 2, April 2019.

“The Dive” and “Missing,” Literary Matters, Issue 11.1, October 2018.. 

“Family Negatives Under Microscope,” wildness, Issue 14, June 2018. 

“A Voice from the Wreck,” Southern Poetry Review, Issue 55:2, April 2018.  

 “On the Dred Ranch Road Just off 283,” Best New Poets (selected by Natalie Diaz), 2018. 

“Poem Begun in a West Texas Corn Maze,” Birmingham Poetry Review, Number 45, Spring 2018.

“Boys,” ecotone, Number 23, Spring/Summer 2017.

“Love Poem with Five Lines Stolen from VHS Boxes,” The Stirring, Vol. 19, Issue 2, 2017.

“Small Funeral,” Shenandoah, Vol. 66, Issue 2, 2017.

“Girl Found Dead in the Sequatchie Valley,” Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry, Vol. 11, Issue 2, 2017.

“Necessary Rituals,” Unsplendid, Vol. 6, Issue 3, Winter 2017.

“Dead Town,” The Hopkins Review, Vol. 9, Issue 4, Fall 2016.

“Towards Your Understanding,” Rockhurst Review, Issue 29, Spring 2016.

“Halloween,” 32 Poems, Vol. 13, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2015.

“Restless,” The Raintown Review, Vol. 12, Issue 1, April 2014.

“Silva’s Quarry,” (in French translation) N4728: Revue de poésie, No. 20, June 2011.

“Cherry Ripe” and “Grace’s,” Jellyfish, Issue 2, Spring 2010.

“In Good Faith,” Miscellany, Vol. 29, Spring 2009.

“Commencement,” Miscellany, Vol. 28, Spring 2008.


“On Sasha Pimentel’s For Want of Water,” Southern Humanities Review, February 2018.

“Faith from the Shores of Doubt: A Review of Michael Shewmaker’s Penumbra,” The Oxford American, April 2017.

“New Town, New Light,” 32 Poems, March 2016.

“A Review of The New Testament,” Colorado Review, January 2015.

“Form and Process,” Bayou Magazine, November 2013.

“A Review of For Us, What Music? The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice,” Resources for American Literary Scholarship, Volume 36, August 2013.


Texas Tech University, English Department, Fall 2014 – Spring 2018

ENGL 1301—Freshman Composition (2 sections) 

ENGL 1302—Advanced Freshman Composition (2 sections)

ENGL 2305—Introduction to Poetry: Meter & Modernism (4 sections)

ENGL 2305—Introduction to Poetry: Humor in Poetry (2 sections)

ENGL 2307—Introduction to Fiction: American Horror Fiction (2 sections)

ENGL 2351—Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry & Fiction (8 sections) 

Vanderbilt University, Department of English, Fall 2011 – Spring 2014

ENGL 116W—Introduction to Poetry (4 sections)

ENGL 123—Introduction to Poetry Writing (1 section) 

Vanderbilt University, Department of Medicine, Health, and Society, Fall 2012

MHS 115F—Medicine in Literature: A First-Year Writing Seminar (1 section) 



“#SonnetsSoWhite?: Poets of Color on Race and Traditional Verseforms,” Moderator, Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference (AWP), Portland, OR, 2019. 

“The Geometry of Nature: How Poets Measure the World in Words,” Panelist, Sowell Collection Conference (AWP), Lubbock, TX, 2018.

“Intersectional South: New Perspectives in Southern Poetry,” Moderator, Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference (AWP), Tampa, FL, 2018.


Reading (with Matt Gallagher and Heather Young), Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Sewanee, TN, July 2019.

Reading (with Kam Hilliard). Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, IA, May 2019.

Reading. Co-sponsored by The Hopkins Review and Literary Matters). Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference (AWP), Portland, OR, March 2019.

Reading (with Amy Lemmon and Ryan Wilson). Sponsored by West Chester University Poetry Center. Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference (AWP), Portland, OR, March 2019.

Bilingual reading. The Translate Iowa Project, Iowa City, IA, March 2019.

Reading. The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, TX, March 2019.

Reading. 2018 West Chester University Poetry Conference, West Chester, PA, June 2018.

Reading (with Ilana Rocha and T.J. McLemore). Pegasus Reading Series at Deep Vellum Books, Dallas, TX, April 2018.

Reading (with Brooke Ellsworth and Robin Greer). The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, TX, September 2017.


Poetry Editor, Arcadia, 2015-2018

Managing Editor, Arcadia, 2015-2016

Associate Editor, Iron Horse Literary Review, 2014-Present

Editor-in-Chief, Nashville Review, 2011-2012

Poetry Editor, Nashville Review, 2010-2012

Interning Editor, Crazyhorse, 2008-2010


Walter E. Dakin Fellowship, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 2019.

Donald Justice Poetry Prize, West Chester University Poetry Center, 2018

Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Texas Tech University, 2018-2019

Pushcart Prize Nomination, Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry (for “Girl Found Dead…”), 2017

Graduate Student Research Assistance Grant, Texas Tech University, 2017

William Bryan Gates Graduate Award in English, Texas Tech University, 2017

First Runner-Up, JOINT Video Poem Jury Prize, “A Microscopic Study of Family Negatives, 24A” (Motion Poem with artist Kristen Swartz), 2016

Second Runner-Up, JOINT Video Poem Jury Prize, “Dead Town,” (Motion Poem with artist Jennifer Fisk), 2016

Mary Sue Carlock/Joyce Thompson Scholarship, Texas Tech University, 2016

Pushcart Prize Nomination, 32 Poems (for “Halloween”), 2015

PhD/MFA Scholarship, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 2015

Benjamin Rude Memorial Scholarship, Texas Tech University, 2015

Helen Devitt Jones Scholarship in Creative Writing, Texas Tech University, 2014-2016

Honorable Mention, Academy of American Poets Prize, Vanderbilt University, for “The Gravedigger.” Judge: Elizabeth Spires, 2012

Scholarship, Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Summer School, Queens University-Belfast, Belfast, N.I., June 27-July 1, 2011

Sedberry Poetry Award, Vanderbilt University, 2011

Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing, Vanderbilt University, 2010-2012


Workshop Leader (Flash Fiction), Iowa Youth Writing Project, Iowa City, IA, 2019.

Volunteer, Lubbock Literacy Program, Lubbock, Texas, 2018. 

Moderator, Graduate Research Panel, Texas Tech, 2017.

Volunteer, Lubbock Festival of Books, 2017.

Workshop Leader, Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop, University School of Nashville, 2013.

Poetry Contest Judge for The Vanderbilt Review, Vanderbilt University, 2013.

MFA Vice President to the English Graduate Student Association, Vanderbilt University, 2011-2012.

Graduate Writing Consultant, Vanderbilt University Writing Studio, 2010-2011.

Writer in Residence, The Commons at Vanderbilt University, 2010-2011.

Instructor, Low Country Initiative for the Literary Arts, Charleston, S.C., 2009-2010.

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