John P Pistelli

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John Pistelli's critical and creative work focuses on modern and contemporary literature, especially fiction, and its ambiguous relation to social, ethical, and political life, especially after the modernist proclamation of the autonomy of art. His fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in Rain Taxi, New Walk, The Millions, Revolver, Winter Tangerine Review, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Muse A Journal, and elsewhere. His novella The Ecstasy of Michaela was published by Valhalla Press.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: English, University of Minnesota, 2013.
  • B.A.: English, University of Pittsburgh, 2004.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Modern British and American fiction
  • History and theory of the novel
  • Modernism
  • Fiction writing
Courses Taught
  • ENGL 1001W: Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 1301W: Introduction to U.S. Multicultural Literatures
  • ENGL 1501W: Literature and Public Life
  • ENGL 3001W: Textual Analysis: Methods
  • ENGL 3004W: Historical Survey of British Literatures II
  • ENGL 3005W: Survey of American Literatures and Cultures I
  • ENGL 3024: The Graphic Novel
  • The Ecstasy of Michaela: a novella. Pistelli, John, Valhalla Press, Author, 2012.
  • “Patronage.”Five 2 One. 2016.
  • “White Girl.”The Amaranth Review. 2016.
  • “Sweet Angry God.”Writing Raw. 2016.
  • “Death’s Door; or, European Cinema.”Muse A Journal. 2016.
  • “Iconoclasm.”The Harpoon Review. 2015.
  • They Are in the Truth.”The Stockholm Review of Literature. 2015.
  • “An Incarnation.”Atomic: The Journal of Short Poetry. 2015.
  • “The Embrace.”Winter Tangerine Review. 2014.
  • “How People Live.”Revolver. 2012.
  • “Fools Like Me.”Whole Beast Rag. 2012.
  • “Mine.”The Legendary. 2009.
  • Honorable mention, Glimmer Train New Writers Award, 2012
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship, "Oscar Wilde and His Circle", 2012