Eric Melbye

Eric Melbye

Associate Professor
Creative Writing

228 Johnston Hall
Middletown Campus


  • PhD, Creative Writing, University of Denver, 2001
  • MA, Creative Writing, University of Southern Mississippi Center for Writers
  • BA, English/Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Teaching Interests

  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • Composition

Research Interests

  • Community-based learning
  • Creative writing
  • Creative writing pedagogy
  • Exile studies

Selected Publications

  • Tru: a novel. Flame Books. Fall 2007.
  • Under Our Skin: Literature of Breast Cancer. Co-edited with Michelle Lawrence. The Illuminati Press, 2006.
  • “Segue Into Community: A Wired CBL Course Proposal for Writers on a Two-Year Campus.” Literature Matters: Community-Based Learning and Literary Studies. Eds. Susan Danielson and Ann Marie Fallon. Anker Press, 2006.
  • “The Student Literary Magazine on a Two-Year Campus: Where Politics of Place Meet Literary Politics.” Co-authored with Dr. John Tassoni. Pedagogy 6.2 (2006): 289-308.
  • “Hours.” Fiction. divide: creative responses to contemporary social questions. Fall 2006.
  • “The Travelers.” Fiction. The Paumanok Review. 6.1 (Winter 2005): 134-46.
  • “Martin Martinez.” Fiction. Product: University of Southern Mississippi Center for Writers. Spring 1996.

Web Publications

  • “A Girl.” Poem. Eclectica Magazine 11.1 ( 2007).
  • “Serious Play: Creativity in Composition and Pedagogy.” Inventio 6.1, (Fall 2004). Essay.
  • “Paper Cuts.” Fiction. Samsara Quarterly. April 2002. 
  • “A Closed Field.” Fiction. Identity Theory, July 2002.
  • “The Last Words.” Fiction. 5_Trope. Fall 2000.

Grants and Awards

  • Nominated for Miami University Middletown Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006.
  • Nominated for Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, 2006.
  • Small College Award for Illuminati, Middletown’s literary journal. Awarded by the Community College Humanities Association, 2006.

Work in Progress

Eric recently created and is chair of the Center for Community Engagement committee, which will organize and promote educational opportunities for the mutual benefit of the Middletown campus and surrounding communities. He also serves as Editor of Segue online literary journal and faculty advisor of The Illuminati, Middletown’s award-winning creative writing student organization.