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Tim Parrish, M.F.A.

parrishProfessor of English, MFA

Fiction and Memoir Writing

Office: Engleman Hall D235
Phone: 203.392.6745





MFA in Creative Writing, University of Alabama, 1991
Master's in Secondary Reading Education, Louisiana State University, 1982
Bachelor's in Secondary English Education, minor in math, LSU, 1981

About Professor Parrish

I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in 1994 made my way to Southern Connecticut State, where my colleagues and I have helped the university evolve into a top-notch, student-centered place of learning. Previously, I taught at LSU, Scotlandville Magnet High School, and the University of Alabama, and think of myself as a teacher who tries hard to meet my students where they are, push them to learn, and make class entertaining and rigorous simultaneously. One of my proudest accomplishments is helping found the first and only full-residence MFA in Creative Writing in Connecticut, and I'm proud to stay that our program has drawn outstanding students from twelve states. We base both our excellent undergraduate and graduate curricula on the idea of community, and I believe we have created a welcoming, smart, talented, ambitious community!

Selected Publications and Presentations

Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, A Memoir (University Press of Mississippi, 2013)
The Jumper, a novel, winner of Texas Review Press's 2012 George Garrett Prize for Fiction (2013)
Red Stick Men, short story collection (University Press of Mississippi, 2000, 2001)

Partial list of anthologies in which work is included:

Alive and Awake in the Pelican State (LSU Press)
Best of LSU Fiction (Southern Review Press)
French Quarter Fiction (Light of New Orleans Press)
Louisiana in Words (Pelican Press)
Walking on Water (University of Alabama Press)
Rules of Thumb (Writer's Digest Press)