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Kevin Oderman – Creative Nonfiction Writer (literary essay), Novelist.
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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 (Duke UP). 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 (New England UP, winner of a Bakeless Prize in nonfiction). He wrote an expatriate novel, GOING (Vandalia Press). Another expatriate novel, WHITE VESPA, is forthcoming from Etruscan in 2012. He’s been publishing literary nonfiction about travel for years now; he has now collected those pieces together into a volume, CANNOT STAY, which he's shopping. 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.