Joseph Bates

Joseph Bates
Associate Professor, Creative Writing

306 Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus


PhD, University of Cincinnati, 2006

MA, Clemson University

BA, Clemson University

Teaching Interests

  • Creative writing (fiction)
  • Contemporary fiction
  • The literary marketplace
  • Narratology

Research Interests

  • Narratology
  • Creative writing pedagogy
  • Fantastic, absurd, and grotesque literatures
  • Southern literature
  • Film studies
  • Religion and literature

Selected Publications


  • The Strikeout Artist. BlazeVOX, 2022
  • Tomorrowland: Stories. Chicago, IL: Curbside Splendor Publishing, 2013.
  • The Nighttime Novelist. Cincinnati, OH: Writer’s Digest Books, 2010.

Short Fiction

  • "Guilt City." The South Carolina Review, Fall 2013.
  • "Mirrorverse." The Rumpus, March 17, 2013.
  • "Gas Head Tells All." InDigest Magazine, June 2012. (Podcast.)
  • "Gas Head Tells All." InDigest Magazine, Issue 24. June 2012.
  • "Tomorrowland." Amsterdamned If You Do: An Anthology of Setting. Ed. Traci Kim. Chicago: Chicago Center of Literature and Photography, 2011.
  • "Survey of My Exes." New Ohio Review, Issue 9, Spring 2011.
  • "Bearing a Cross." Stone's Throw Magazine, 20 April 2009.
  • "How We Made A Difference." Identity Theory, 10 November 2008.
  • "Boardwalk Elvis Takes A Break." Fresh Boiled Peanuts, Issue 3, February 2008.
  • "Yankees Burn Atlanta." Lunch Hour Stories, Issue 11, August 2007.
  • "Butterfinger." The South Carolina Review, 37:1, Fall 2004.

Nonfiction / Reviews

  • "The Last Novelist: David Markson's Notecard Quartet." The Lit Pub. 2012. Essay.
  • "Haruki Murakami's 'Super-Frog Saves Tokyo.'", 2011 National Short Story Month, March 2011. Essay.
  • "Sympathetic Magic: John Updike's The Widows of Eastwick." The Cincinnati Review 6.1, Summer 2009. Review.
  • "Far Bright Star by Robert Olmstead." Shenandoah 59.2, Fall 2009. Review.
  • "The Theory of Light and Matter by Andrew Porter and Drowning Lessons by Peter Selgin (Flannery O'Connor Award Winners 2008)." Shenandoah 59.1, Spring/Summer 2009. Review.
  • "New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2007." Shenandoah, 57:3, Winter 2007. Review.

Work in Progress

Joseph Bates is the author of Tomorrowland: Stories (Curbside Splendor, 2013) and The Nighttime Novelist (Writer’s Digest Books, 2010). Yes, he’s still revising the Kafka baseball novel. Visit him online at