Curriculum Vitae – Ken McCullough

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St. Andrew’s School, Delaware, graduate, 1961; B.A., University of Delaware, 1966; M.F.A., Writers Workshop, University of Iowa, 1968.

Work Experience:

Writer-in-Residence, South Carolina Educational Television, 1975-1979; Union Laborer, Iowa City, Iowa, 1979-82; Program Specialist, Iowa Humanities Board, 1982-83; Undergraduate Academic Adviser, University of Iowa, 1983-96; Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Director of the Path to Academic Success, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, 2005-2012.

Teaching Experience:

Montana State University, 1970-75 (Composition, Intro to Literature, Modern British and American Poetry, Contemporary American Poetry, Poetry Writing, Fiction Writing, Science Fiction Seminar), University of Iowa’s Saturday and Evening Program, 1984-96 (American Lives, The Experience of the Frontier, The Western, American Indian Literature, The Experience of Vietnam, Non-Fiction Writing, Personal Writing: On Nature) and American Indian Literature as a daytime course; the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, 1989, 1990, 1995; Kirkwood Community College, Iowa, 1986 (Comp II); Poetry-in-the-Schools in Montana, 1971-75, South Carolina, 1976-79 and Iowa, 1985-93; prison workshops in Montana, 1974-75, and South Carolina, 1977-79; Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, 1996-97 (Writing Skills, English Composition, Argumentative and Research Writing), Viterbo College, 1997(Literature and Composition), Winona State University 1998-2003, 2013 (College Reading and Writing, Indian Lit, Contemporary Indian Lit., Poetry Writing: About Nature, Intro to Creative Writing); University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 2003 (College Writing I); Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, 2006-11 (Introduction to Literature, Writing Skills); Hawk’s Well Writing Center (Winona), 2006–Memoir Writing; four-session poetry workshop, Cotter High School, 2011; ten-session poetry workshop, Red Wing Correctional Facility, 2011.

Books - POETRY:

The Easy Wreckage (collection), The Seamark Press, Iowa City, January 1971, illustrated by Donna Violetti; Migrations (chapbook), Stone-Marrow Press, Ithaca, April 1972; Creosote  (collection), Seamark, 1976, illustrated by Nana Burford; Travelling Light (collection), Thunder’s Mouth Press, N.Y., 1987; Sycamore•Oriole (long narrative sequence), Ahsahta Press, Boise, November 1991; Obsidian Point (two long sequences of poems and an essay, Lone Oak Press, 2003; Walking Backwards (chapbook), Longhouse Editions, 2003, Walking Backwards (collection), Blue Light Press, 2005; Diet for the Smallest Planet (bus ticket format), Longhouse Publishers, 2011, Sicomoro.Oropéndola (Spanish trans. of Sycamore.Oriole, by Rafael Patiño Góez), Sílaba Editores, Medellín, Colombia, November 2011; Broken Gates (collection), Red Dragonfly Press (Northfield, MN), 2012; Lost Lake Folk Opera, Shipwreckt Books Publishing Co, 2015.


Selections from Sacred Vows, nine poems by Cambodian poet U Sam Oeur, an en face chapbook (Khmer and English), Zephyr Limited Edition Chapbook Series (Iowa City), October 1993, 26 pages; Sacred Vows, a bilingual edition of the collected poems of U Sam Oeur, survivor of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, Coffee House Press, May 1998; Ever Hopeful, a selection of poems by U Sam Oeur, Longhouse Publishers, Green River, VT, 2011.

Books - FICTION:

Left Hand, Seismicity Editions, Los Angeles, 2004.


Crossing Three Wildernesses, a memoir, by U Sam Oeur, co-written with McCullough, Coffee House Press, 2005.


Academy of American Poets Award; NEA Fellowship; The Capricorn Book Award; Pablo Neruda Award; grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry; Galway Kinnell Poetry Award; New Millenium Poetry Award; Blue Light Book Award; Individual Artist Grant from the Iowa Arts Council; residencies at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico and the Ucross Foundation (Wyoming); two travel grants from the Jerome Foundation (to Cambodia and Newfoundland); Finalist for Minnesota Book Award in 1998 (poetry–translation), 2005 (fiction), and 2006 (non-fiction), as well as finalist for Kiriyama Prize, 2006 (non-fiction); Nominated for Pushcart Prize, 2011, 2012, 2013; Project grant for “Farming the Ridge,” Southeast Minnesota Arts Commission, 2012; Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2012; 2014 Minnesota Composer-Librettist Studio, Nautilus Music-Theater, St. Paul.

Poems in the following Magazines:

The Defender; Ghost Dance; TriQuarterly; Saltlick; Suction; Doones; Quetzal; Trace; Red Clay Reader; Jeopardy; South Florida Poetry Journal; Wisconsin Review; Gum; The Back Door; Hearse; Bones; Apropos; December; Crazy Horse; The Ark River Review; The North Stone Review; Free Quarter; Kamadhenu; The New Salt Creek Reader; The Exponent; Dogsolider; Charas; Search for Tomorrow; Granite; Sadvipra– The Journal of Spritual and Social Progress; Stone Drum; Bachy; New Letters; Lazarus; Longhouse; Sandlapper; The Seattle Review; Kudzu; South Carolina Review; The Hiram Poetry Review; The Spirit That Moves Us; Corona; Iowa Woman; The Rockford Register; Studia Mystica; Washington Review; North Dakota Quarterly; The Devil’s Millhopper; The Phoenix Nest; Stand Magazine (England); Abraxas; Nurturing News; Stone Country; Crab Creek Review; Slipstream; Nimrod; Kumquat Meringue; Shaman’s Drum; Libido; Confluence; The Saturday Museum; Old Crow; 100 Words; Rain City Review; Briar Cliff Review; Black Buzzard Review; Slant; Poets On: Complaints; Big Sky Journal; ArtWord Quarterly; Firestarter; Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review; The Iowa Source; Buffalo Bones; Fan: A Baseball Magazine; BlackWater Review; No Exit; A New Song; Dominion Review; North Coast Review; Mosaic; Pleiades; South Dakota Review; Architrave; Abiko Quarterly (Japan); Great River Review, Montana Crossroads Magazine, River King Poetry Supplement, New Millennium Writings; Luna; Bloomsbury Review; Bryant Literary Review; Mochila Review; Elysian Fields Quarterly; Awakenings Review; Ginko Tree Review; Water Stone; Red Dragonfly Press (broadside); Or; Bombay Gin; Minnesota Law and Politics; Green Blade; Winona Catholic Worker; The Gettysburg Review; Taos Journal of Poetry and Art; Caravansary (Chiapas, Mexico – translated into Spanish).

Poems in the following Anthologies:

New Voices in the Wind; Dance of the Muses; I Love You All Day/It Is That Simple: Modern Poems on Love and Marriage; Southwest: A Contemporary Anthology; Where We Are: The Montana Poets Anthology; I Sing the Song of Myself: An Anthology of Autobiographical Poems; Brother Songs; Leaving the Bough: 48 Younger American Poets; The Sri Chinmoy Poetry Awards; Enter the Heart of the Fire: A Collection of Mystical Poems;  Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry; New Letters Reader II; Men & Women: Together & Alone; A Poetry Anthology on Works in the Des Moines Art Center; A Longhouse Reader; Crab Creek Review Anniversary Anthology; More Than Animals; Voices on the Landscape; Primarily Prints; Grrrrr: A Collection of Poems about Bears; 2001 Minnesota Poetry Calendar;  33 Minnesota Poets (Nodin Press); Verse Daily (online anthology); The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume I :South Carolina; Minnesota Law and Politics (on-line);The Other Voices International Project (cyber anthology); From Blue Herons to White Cranes; Some Ride! A Fetschrift for Michael Dennis Browne; Promoteo (Medell ín, Colombia); Poetry Daily; Wholly Falsetto with People Dancing (Paul Vangelisti); The Melody Weaves In and Out: Poems from the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, 2008-2012, Winona, MN, 2013; A Ritual to Read Together: Poems In Conversation with William Stafford, ed. Becca J.R. Lachman, Woodley Press, 2013; Nuovo poesia americana: Chicago & the Great Plains, Arnoldo Mondadori Publishing (Milan), ed. Luigi Ballerini, Gianluca Rizzo, Paul Vangelisti, Spring 2014; An Elk River Reader: Livingston Area Writers, Bangtail Press, Bozeman, MT, 2014; River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century (Blue Light Press).

Translations in the following Magazines:

Exchanges: A Journal of Translation; 100 Words; Nebraska Humanities; Artful Dodge; Green Fuse; Manoa; Briar Cliff Review; Modern Poetry in Translation; The  Iowa Review; Earth’s Daughters; Press; Journal of the Asian American Renaissance; Asian Pages; xcp: cross-cultural poetics; The Walt Whitman Quarterly; Long Shot;  Bush Fellows News; Whiskey Island Magazine. Anthologies: Voices of Conscience: Poetry From Oppression (England); Chokecherries 1998: A S.O.M.O.S. Anthology; Quill, UNESCO, Seoul, South Kore; Taos Journal of Poetry and Art.

Short Stories in the following Magazines and Anthologies:

The Iowa Review; Again, Dangerous Visions (anthology); Fantastic Stories; The North Stone Review; First Intensity; The New Review of Literature.

Reviews and Articles in the following Magazines:

The State (Columbia, S.C.); The News and Courier (Charleston, S.C.); The American Book Review; Dictionary of Literary Biography; The Daily Iowan; North Dakota Quarterly; The Bloomsbury Review; Exchanges; Artful Dodge; The Iowa Review; Walt Whitman Quarterly; Big River Newsletter; The Winona Daily News; The Winona Post; Manoa; Studies in American Indian Literature; In the Shadow of Angkor (book edition of Manoa);Tapestry; Applause; The Poem Behind the Poem (Copper Canyon Press); St. Andrew’s Magazine; Friends of William Stafford: A Newsletter for Poets & Poetry.


Three Worlds, Three Realms, Six Roads, poems by Gary Snyder, Griffin Press; Winter Light, poems by Julie Reid, Circle Press; Wind Over Ashes, selected poems of Len Randolph, Carolina Wren Press; At Least, poems by Cid Corman, Corycian Press; Selections from Sacred Vows, poems by U Sam Oeur, Zephyr Limited Editions. Five drawings in Black Bear Review. From Blue Herons to White Cranes; a bilingual anthology ed. and trans. by Akira Murakami—cover art and three additional drawings.

Interviews (by):

Anyart Journal; Walking Down Stairs — Interviews with Galway Kinnell, Univ. of Michigan Press; Coda; Callaloo; The Greenfield Review; How in the Morning, Selected Poems of Chuck Miller, Coffee House Press– used as the introduction; Iowa Alumni Review; Walt Whitman Quarterly; Passing the Three Gates: Interviews with Charles Johnson.

Interviews (of):

Numerous radio and television interviews in Montana, South Carolina and Iowa; Big Ten Magazine; The Easterner (Western Washington State University); interviewed by Dr. Randolph Spencer for session on creativity at conference of American Orthopsychiatric Association; Coda; St. Andrew’s Bulletin; Humanities at Iowa; Windrose; The Iowa Alumni Review; The Telegram (St. John’s, Newfoundland; Winona Daily New;  Art Beat, KQAL 89.5FM; Playhouse Off 90 (3 episodes) KSMQ (PBS affiliate, Austin, MN).

Reviews of Work:

The Ark River Review; Happiness Holding Tank; The North Stone Review; The Washington Post; Best Sellers; New Letters; The State; Poetry Now; Rocky Mountain News Sunday Magazine; Des Moines Register; Library Journal; Kliatt Paperback Book Guide; Small Press; Choice; The Sunday Dispatch and Argus (Quad Cities, IA), Dusty Dog Review; The Redneck Review of Literature; Iowa City Magazine; The Corresponder; The Minneapolis Star Tribune; The St. Paul Pioneer Press; Western American Literature; Taos Journal of Art and Poetry; Rain Taxi; Ink, Sweat & Tears (U.K.)

Presentations at Recent Conferences and Festivals:

Spring Green Literary Festival, (WI) 1999 (presentation and workshop); Associated Writing Programs, Vancouver, 2005 (two presentations on translation and a reading); High Plains Book Fest, Billings, MT, presentation on two panels (fiction and poetry) as well as a reading, 2005. 21st Annual Writers Conference, San Diego State University (two workshops); Marshall Festival (Southwest State Univ.), presentation on outdoor writing, 2005; South Carolina Book Fest (Columbia), presentation and panel discussion, 2006; “Writing Memoir,” The Loft (Minneapolis), one presentation, one panel discussion, 2007; “Cry Havoc! : War and Remembrance, 1968-2008, Lannan Literary Symposium and Festival, Georgetown Univ., 2009;  Frozen River Film Festival (Winona), 2010, presentation; 21st International Poetry Festival, Medellín, Colombia, six presentations, 2010.

Included in the Film:

“Six Rocky Mountain Poets” and the video “A Videoanthology of Montana Poets.”

Television Programs Produced (for South Carolina Educational Television):

“Here I Stand: John Beecher, Poet;” “Ron Padgett, Poet and Teacher;” “From a Distance Outside of Time: A Conversation with Leslie Silko;” “I Am All Of Them: Etheridge Knight Raps on Prison and Poetry;” “A Certain Stillness: Joanna Cattonar;” “Wildernesse: Bennie Lee Sinclair Reads and Discusses Her Work;” “Galway Kinnell Reads From His Work;” “There Is Another Life But It Is In This One: William Matthews;” “Miller Williams: A Profile.” A series of spots entitled “Echoes and Soundings: South Carolina Poetry Today” which included over 100 poems read by grade school, high school and adult poets from South Carolina.

Scripts for Television:

“Pitchfork Ben Tillman,” The Palmetto Special, S.C.ETV; “The Denmark Vesey Plot,” The Palmetto Special, S.C.ETV; “Writing an Accident Report,"” Crime to Court, S.C.ETV; “Our Best Hope,” Iowa Board of Regents.


Gift of the Magi," a musical adaptation of the O.Henry story, produced by Riverside Theatre, Iowa City, as their Christmas production, 1991-93; “The Krasang Tree,”  a chamber opera based on the experiences and poetry of Cambodian exile U Sam Oeur, produced at E.C. Mabie Theatre, University of Iowa, 5 May 1996. A new production of this chamber opera was funded by the St. Paul Companies and performed at the Jeune Lune Theatre in Minneapolis in September 1998.

My English translations of U Sam Oeur’s poetry, were the basis for an opera, “Sacred Vows,” by Libby Larsen, performed by the Bemidji Symphony, 2009.

Readings, Community Service and Judging:

I have read my poetry at over seventy colleges and universities and a range of high schools, grade schools, prisons, and community functions, including the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin. I have served as a judge for a number of poetry and fiction contests and have edited several student anthologies. While living in Iowa, I served the Iowa Arts Council on several panels: Writers Selection Panel, Literature Panel, Creative Artists Planning Project Task Force II, Grassroots Partnership Multidiscipline/ Literature Panel, and the Individual Artists Grants Panel. I was a Generalist on the Advisory Panel to the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, and served as a judge for the Minnesota Voices Project, New Rivers Press; the state finals of Poetry Out Loud!; the Arnold Haake Poetry Contest for the Winona Area Public Schools; the anthology Poetic Strokes, for SELCO, Southeast Minnesota Libraries, and the annual Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, The Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona, MN. I also edited Beyond the Streets, poems by residents at the Red Wing Correctional Facility.

Painting by Lisa Nankivil for "Obsidian Point" Book Cover

Photos of painting, books and other works by Kathy Greden

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