Creative Nonfiction Writer (literary essay), Novelist
Kevin Oderman is a creative nonfiction writer (literary essay) and novelist. Kevin Oderman started his writing life as a literary critic. The Ph.D. kind. He wrote many essays on modern and postmodern poetry and even published a critical book, Ezra Pound and the Erotic Medium. Subsequently, he said no to all that. He wrote poems for the little mags and started writing literary essays, an exercise which led to How Things Fit Together (winner of a Bakeless Prize in nonfiction). He published an expatriate novel, Going, set in Granada. Twice he has lived abroad as a Fulbright Fellow. He taught Modern American Poetry as a senior lecturer at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, and subsequently American literature to M.A. students at Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan. He is a professor of English at West Virginia University and teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University. His second expatriate novel, White Vespa, set on the Greek island of Symi, was published in 2012 by Etruscan Press, who also published Cannot Stay, a collection of his essays on travel in 2015.