Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of two poetry collections, The End of Pink (BOA, 2016) and Rag & Bone (Elixir, 2011), as well as an essay collection, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bakken Museum of Electricity in Life, American Antiquarian Society, and the Spring Creek Project at the H. J. Andrews Research Forest. Recent work can be found in Copper Nickel, Crazy Horse, Field, Gettysburg, Gulf Coast, and Paris Review. Before coming to UMN, she was an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at University of Central Missouri, where she served as the director of Pleiades Press. Her current research interests include ethnobotanical histories of plants that have been used for birth control, which inform her forthcoming collection of poems, Rue (BOA, 2020). Other interests include case studies of women historically accused of witchcraft, which inform her essay collection-in-progress, Doctrine of Signatures.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • B.A.: English, University of Missouri, 2002
  • M.F.A.: Creative Writing, Eastern Washington University, 2007
  • Ph.D.: English, Ohio University, 2011


  • Creative writing (poetry, nonfiction)