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Jon Loomis, M.F.A.

Jon  Loomis, M.F.A.
  • Professor
  • English

Jon Loomis is the author of three poetry collections: Vanitas Motel (1998, winner of the FIELD prize in poetry), The Pleasure Principle (2001) and The Mansion of Happiness (forthcoming in September 2016), all from Oberlin College Press. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Poetry, FIELD, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Tikkun, The New Republic, and Ploughshares. He is also the author of three mystery novels set in Provincetown, Massachusetts: High Season (2007), Mating Season (2009) and Fire Season (2012). High Season was named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and was among the Washington Post Bookworld’s “Best Books of the Year” for 2007. He was awarded a Hoyns Fellowship in poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has twice been a writing fellow in poetry at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He has won arts council grants in Virginia, and Ohio, and for a time was a frequent guest at Yaddo. He’s currently working on a new novel and a fourth book of poems. When he’s not teaching or writing, he enjoys playing loud electric guitar and spending time with his family (though not simultaneously). He hopes things will get better for the UW system, but suspects that they probably won’t any time soon. 

Teaching Interests
  • Poetry writing
  • Fiction writing
  • Metaphorical thinking
  • Imagination
  • Actual creativity as opposed to "problem solving"
  • Writing from the subconscious and un-rational self
  • Literature: canonical and contemporary poetry
  • Critical thinking for first year writing students
  • Teaching
  • Creative work
  • Service
  • Advising
Research and Creative Activities
  • Original poetry and fiction
  • The occasional essay
  • What awaits us in the next life
  • The end of the world
  • M.F.A., University of Virginia (Creative Writing)
  • B.A., Ohio University (English/Creative Writing)