Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Tim Houghton

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Tim Houghton

Affiliate Associate Professor
Maryland Hall 057A
410-617-2934 (fax)

I like teaching creative writing as well as literature. I’ve taught many workshops in fiction at the introductory and advanced levels, but my particular specialty is poetry - writing, which I’ve taught at all levels, using the typical workshop approach which stresses the importance of reading, of revising, and of thoughtful critiquing. When it comes to literature, I’ve conducted a huge variety of courses—most recently American and English lit surveys and also specialized courses in contemporary world poetry and contemporary American poetry. I like to get students involved in discussions, and I want them to think critically—to be able to back up what they say. I enjoy it when my students show that they are good thinkers and well-rounded human beings; I want them to cultivate their distinctiveness as individuals.

My Ph.D., from the University of Denver, is in creative writing and modern British and American literature. Many organizations, including Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and Hawthornden Castle International Retreat in Scotland, have awarded me with residencies/fellowships to work on my poetry. Most summers I try to go to one of these places—where I’m able to get a lot of work done. I have five books of poems, my first (High Bridges) published by Stride Press in England and my last four (most recently The Height in Between) by Orchises Press in Washington, D. C. My poems have appeared in many journals, including Malahat Review, Carolina Quarterly, and Quarterly West and, of late, Chelsea and Stand. Right now I’m working on my next book of poems. My big hobby is birdwatching; for years I’ve been active with Audubon and other nature organizations, including as a leader of birding hikes.


  • Ph.D., University of Denver (1979-1984)
    Major Areas: Modern Literature, Creative Writing  Dissertation: Below Two Skies: Poems (with critical preface)
  • M.A., San Francisco State University (1977-1979)
    Major Areas: Modern Literature, Creative Writing
    Thesis: Diminuend Poems
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania (1973-1977)
    Majors: English, Psychology, Sociology 

Areas of Preparation

  • Creative Writing, Twentieth-Century Literature, Contemporary Poetry                                


Poems: Books

  • The Height in Between, Washington, D. C., Orchises Press, 2012
  • Drop Light. Washington, D. C.: Orchises Press, 2005
  • Riding Untouched. Washington, D. C.: Orchises Press, 1998
  • Below Two Skies. Washington, D. C.: Orchises Press, 1993         
  • High Bridges. Exeter, England: Stride Press, 1989

Poems: Magazines 

Nearing two hundred poems in over fifty national journals, including American Literary Review, Arizona Quarterly, Brooklyn Review, Carolina Quarterly, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, College English, Confrontation, Denver Quarterly, Dominion Review, Gargoyle, Greensboro Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Literary Review, Louisville Review, Malahat Review, Pennsylvania Review, Poet Lore, Quarterly West, South Dakota Review, Stand Magazine, Washington Square, Wisconsin Review.

Reviews / Response

  • Response to “Teaching Lore: Creative Writers and the University.” In  "Letters."  Profession 2006. NY: Modern Language Association, 2006.
  • "Igneous Music." Review of Lucille Day’s Fire in the Garden. Poet Lore, Spring 2000.
  • Review of issue 12, South Coast Poetry Journal. Literary Magazine Review, Fall 1992
  • Review of the Fall 1989 Shenandoah. Literary Magazine Review, Winter 1989
  • Review of the Spring 1988 Woman of Power. Literary Magazine Review, Fall 1988
  • "Of Several Voices." Review of Frank Polite’s Letters of Transit. Denver Quarterly, Spring 1982             
  • Review of Robert Hazel's Who Touches This. Denver Quarterly, Spring 1981

Recent / Selected Recognitions

  • Review of my books Drop Light and Riding Untouched, by John Taylor, (“Book Reviews”), in Chelsea, #81, Winter 2006
  • Review of my book Drop Light, by R. G. Evans (“Editor’s Choices”), in The Literary Review, Spring 2005
  • Invited Reader (one of three), poetry reading, National Arts Club (NYC), May 13, 1997

Writing Residencies / Fellowships

Twenty-five residencies/fellowships to work on my writing, awarded by the following organizations: Caldera Residency Program, The Djerassi Program, The Hambidge Center, Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers (Scotland), The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, The Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo

Recent Teaching Experience

  • 2008-present:  Affiliate Associate Professor in Writing and English, Loyola University Maryland
  • 2005-2008:      Assistant Professor (visiting), Eastern Kentucky U.
  • 2001-2004:      Visiting Scholar, St. Cloud State University
  • 1998-2001:      Visiting Writer, Indiana-Purdue University (Ft. Wayne)

Courses Taught

Creative Writing:
Introduction to Creative Writing (poems, stories, plays). Beginning Fiction Writing, Beginning Poetry Writing, Advanced Poetry Writing, Graduate Poetry Writing

Introduction to Literature (Renaissance to present), Modern Literature, Contemporary Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature (Relationships Between the Sexes), Introduction to Fiction, Twentieth-Century Fiction, Drama and Poetry

American Literature I, American Literature II, American Short Fiction, Contemporary American Literature, English Literature II, Lawrence's Women in Love (mini-course), World Literature I, World Literature II, Nineteenth-Century World Fiction, Writing About Literature, Contemporary World Poetry (honors course), Conemporary American Poetry: The Schools (graduate course)

First-year composition, Advanced Composition, Research Writing in the Arts and Sciences

Theory or Humanities:
Deconstruction (tutorial, part of a team-taught course on critical approaches), Modern Culture

Recent / Selected Service

Member, MFA/CW Committee, Eastern Kentucky University (e.g., I authored the CW component of the Department P&T document); Member, Search Committee for MFA Coordinator, EKU; Readings-Organizer (I brought three readers to EKU); Thesis Adviser & Comittee Member for several graduate students, English Dept., EKU

Other Experience

Editor (and co-founder), Panoply: A Magazine of Poetry (1985-1990)

Award Winner, Art Ala Carte Exhibition and Competition (Minnesota statewide juried contest), 3rd place prize, sponsored by Visual Arts Minnesota, 2002; Collaborator, poetry on display, paintings by Rosemarie Prins, exhibition, Emerson Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL, Feb. 2007; Collaborator, poetry on display, a painting by Suzan Woodruff, exhibition, U. of Arizona, October, 1998; Exhibitor (with John thomas), Fine Arts Gallery, Hanover College, Hanover, IN, December, 1994; Exhibitor (group show), Haydon Art Gallery, Nebraska Art Association, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, December-January, 1988-1989

Field Trips Coordinator, Stockbridge and Central Minnesota Audubon Societies, 2000-2001; Board Member, Louisville Audubon Society, 1997-1998; Leader, birdwatching hikes, various organizations in Louisville, Fort Wayne, St. Cloud, and Richmond, 1994-present

Research Assistant (RA), Center for Infant Studies, University of Denver, 1980-1982; RA, Primate Lab, University of Colorado, 1980-1982; RA, Psychology Dept. (schizophrenia studies), University of Pennsylvania, 1975-1977