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Debra Brenegan

Debra Brenegan

Debra Brenegan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and Graduate Program Director
Email:brenegad@mtmary.edu
Phone: (414) 930-3132

Education:

  • Ph.D, English, Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
  • M.A., English, Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
  • B.A., Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

 

 “I love teaching creative writing and literature to graduate and undergraduate students. One of my greatest pleasures is to see those sparks ignite when students find their writing voices or are moved by literature. Mount Mary University’s English programs help students express themselves and explore their creativity in a supportive community. I’m thrilled to be a part of a department that helps students grow and thrive in our communications-centered world so they can foster better understanding and drive social change.”

Selected Recent Presentations and Readings:

  • February, 2017, “Creative Writing and Social Justice,” February 2017, AWP Conference, Panel Organizer and Presenter, Washington, D.C.
  • March, 2016, “Speak the Truth and Shame the Devil,” keynote presentation, Untold Stories Spring Workshop, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • October, 2015, “The Flipped Workshop:  Using Technology to Facilitate Learning Creative Writing,” panel presentation, Creative Writing and Innovative Pedagogies Conference, Warrensburg, Missouri
  • March, 2013, “Revising Your Manuscript,” panel presentation, Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, Arizona
  • March, 2013, “Creating a Historic Persona,” presentation, Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, Arizona
  • November, 2012, Featured Author, Pleiades Visiting Writers Series, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri
  • May, 2012, Faculty Member, 24th Annual Pima Writers’ Workshop, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona
  • February, 2012 “Putting the Story in History II,” panel presentation, Association of Writing Programs National Convention, Chicago, Illinois
  • February, 2012, Fiction Reading, University of Missouri Creative Writing Series, Columbia, Missouri
  • February, 2012, Fiction Reading & Interview, New Letters on the Air, Kansas City, Missouri
  • December, 2011, Fiction Reading, “Hearing Voices” – Orr Street Studios Literary Reading Series, Columbia, Missouri
  • November, 2011, “Historical Fiction,” Invited Presentation.  The Write Direction 2011 Missouri Writer’s Guild/Stephens College Writing Conference, Columbia, Missouri
  • October, 2011, Fiction Reading, Next Chapter Book Shop, Milwaukee
  • September, 2011, “Fiction Writing Tips.” Invited Presentation. Mid-Missouri Writing Expo, Fulton, Missouri
  • September, 2011, “Cuba Conversations:  Making Sense of the Relationship between Cuba and the United States.” Invited Presentation. AAUW, St. Louis, Missouri
  • August, 2011, Fiction Reading, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • August, 2011, Interviewed on “Lake Effect,” Milwaukee Public Radio
  • February, 2011, “Putting the Story in History,” panel presentation, Association of Writing Programs National Convention, Washington, D. C.
  • 2010, Fiction Reading, “Hearing Voices” – Orr Street Studios Literary Reading Series, Columbia, Missouri
  • 2009, “Setting:  Where are We Anyway?” Invited Presentation. The Write Direction 2009 Missouri Writer’s Guild/Stephens College Writing Conference, Columbia, Missouri
  • 2008, “Researching and Writing a Historical Novel,” Invited Presentation. The Write Direction 2008 Missouri Writer’s Guild/Stephens College Writing Conference, Columbia, Missouri

Publications:

Book

  • 2011 Shame the Devil. Novel. SUNY Press, Excelsior Editions (Finalist for 2011 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award for Historical Fiction)

Anthologies and Other Books

  • June, 2013. “To Serve and Protect.” Short Story. Crack the Spine Summer 2013 Anthology
  • June, 2012. “Mary the Un-Merry Widow: ‘Entrance into Life.’” Critical Essay. Pleiades Press Unsung Masters Series: Nancy Hale:  On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master
  • “Buy-out Beige.” Short Story. Short Story America Anthology, Volume 1, Ed. T. D. Johnston. North Carolina: Short Story America Press, 2011

Creative and Scholarly Journals

  • March, 2017,Shaking Hands,” Flash Fiction, Indiana Voice Journal, “Women’s Issue” (reprinted with permission of Literally Stories)
  • March, 2017, “Rory and Abigail Go to a Wedding,” Short Story, The Scarlet Leaf Review
  • February, 2017, “Shaking Hands,” Flash Fiction, Literally Stories, Short Fiction from Around the World
  • September, 2015. “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Wedding.” Short Story. Bluestem Magazine
  • April, 2015. “Faking Cancer.” Short Story. Prose and Cons Literary Magazine, vol. 2, No. 2
  • December, 2013. "A Bath." Short Story. Wild Violet Literary Magazine
  • April, 2013.  “To Serve and Protect.”  Short Story.  Crack the Spine. Issue 61
  • April, 2013.  “Talk Southern to Me.”  Short Story.  Circa Literary Journal, No. 8
  • April, 2013.  “Having Her Cake.”  Short Story.  Literary Orphans Journal
  • March, 2013.  “Kitchen War.”  Short Story.  Knee-Jerk Journal
  • December, 2011. “Art is Art.”  Short Story. Natural Bridge, No. 26, Fall 2011
  • December, 2011. “ The Hand Whore.”  Short Story. The Tampa Review, No. 42
  • January, 2011. “Hell to Confess.”  Short Story. Front Porch Review
  • December, 2010. “Buy-out Beige.”  Short Story. American Short Story December 10th Story of the Week
  • Spring, 2010. “Good Company.”  Short Story. Dappled Things, vol 5, No. 2
  • January, 2010. “Shades of Gray.”  Short Story. Southern Women’s Review, vol. 2. No. 1
  • October, 2009. “Standing Heat.” Short Story. The Laurel Review, vol 43. No. 2
  • October, 2008. “Millie’s Drag.”  Short Story. RE:AL:  The Journal of Liberal Arts, vol. 33. No. 1
  • July, 2008. “The Other Side” and “Mother.”  Poems. Cimarron Review, Summer, 2008, vol. 164
  • July, 2007. “The Last Triangle.”  Short story. Calyx:  A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Summer, 2007, vol. 24. No. 1
  • May, 2007. “Textbook Villanelle.”  Poem. Phoebe:  Gender and Cultural Critiques, Spring, 2007, vol. 20, No. 1
  • March, 2006. “Tracy” and “Collapse.”  Poems. Gambara Magazine
  • April, 2006. “Leave Me Alone.”  Poem. Phoebe:  Gender and Cultural Critiques, Spring, 2006, vol. 18, No. 1
  • October, 2005. “Recluse.” Poem. Cotyledon
  • 2005, Mothershock:  Loving Every Other Minute. Book Review. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, Spring/Summer 2005, vol. 7, No.

Nonfiction/Journalism

Milwaukee Magazine, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Northshore LifeStyle Magazine, The Monroe Evening Times, and other publication

Awards and Honors

Scholarship/Teaching

  • 2015, Teaching Fellowship, Creative Writing and Innovative Pedagogies Conference, University of Central Missouri
  • 2013-2014, Buschman Faculty Award
  • 2012, Remley Women’s Center Exceptional Faculty/Staff Award
  • Oct. 2010, American Association of University Women’s AAUP: Cuba: Women in Society Delegation, Invited Member
  • 2009, Westminster College Dean’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Creative Writing

  • 2016, Invited Judge for Tucson Book Festival Short Fiction Award
  • 2014, Honorable Mention, Family Matters Short Story Prize, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Wedding.” Short Story. Glimmer Train
  • 2013, Nominee, Pushcart Prize, “To Serve and Protect.”  Short Story
  • 2012, Finalist, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award in Historical Fiction for a book published in 2011
  • 2012, Finalist, Serena McDonald Kennedy Award, Snake Nation Press, Standing Heat:  Stories by Debra Brenegan, Short Story Collection
  • 2010, Honorable Mention, Schiff Prose Prize, “Art is Art.” Short story. Cincinnati Review
  • 2010, Invited Judge, David Baker Fiction Prize. University of Central Missouri Creative Writing Program
  • 2009, Finalist, Crab Creek Review Fiction Contest, “Shades of Gray.” Short story
  • 2006, Finalist, John Gardner Memorial Fiction Contest, “The Last Triangle.” Short story. Harpur Palate Literary Magazine

Professional Memberships:

  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs
  • Historical Novel Society

For more information about Debra, visit her webpage:  www.debrabrenegan.com