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BA in English, Augustana College 

PhD in English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

Courses Taught

Creative Writing

Fiction Writing

Practicum in Literary Editing

Environmental Writing

Writing Wilderness

Capstone in English

Research Interests


The short story

John Steinbeck

Environmental writing

Nature Writing

The poetry of Lorine Niedecker

Wilderness in the Anthropocene

Literary editing

Christopher Fink

Professor of English and Chair of Environmental Studies

 Email:  Phone: 608-363-2681   Room 205B, World Affairs Center

I teach courses in creative writing, literature, environmental journalism and nature writing. I’m also editor of the Beloit Fiction Journal. In my classes I aim to connect students to their personal stories, as well as professional uses for their talents: editing the BFJ, writing toward publication, working in the publishing field. At Beloit I direct the Mackey program, which brings a high-profile writer to campus each year to offer inspiring workshops. I enjoy hosting visiting writers and student readings. In the summers, I love teaching an ENVS Capstone called “Writing Wilderness” in the boundary waters canoe area, where I help students write about their wild selves. I’ve published two books of fiction: Farmer’s Almanac (2013) and Add This to the List of Things That You Are (2019). Besides fiction, I also write and produce monthly radio essays for Northern Public Radio about the intersection of the self and the natural world. Learn more about my writing.

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