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Earl Braggs
Herman H. Battle Professor of African American Studies
English
M.F.A., Vermont College of Norwich University
  earl-braggs@utc.edu
  423-425-4793
  Holt 338-C
Earl Braggs teaches creative writing, poetry, African American literature, and Russian literature. He is the author of six collections of poetry and a chapbook. His latest book is Younger Than Neil (Anhinga Press 2009). Braggs is the recipient of the Anhinga Poetry Prize, the Jack Kerouac Literary Prize, the Gloucester Country College Poetry Prize and the Cleveland State Poetry Prize (unable to accept because he won the Anhinga Prize the same year with the same manuscript). His novel, Looking for Jack Kerouac, was a finalist in the James Jones First Novel Contest. His teaching awards include the UTNAA Outstanding Teacher Award and two Student Government Association Outstanding Professor awards.

Degrees
MFA in Writing Vermont College

BA Philosophy and Social Science

Research and/or Creative Interests
Poetry
(examining the psychology of what we talk about)

Teaching Interests

Creative Writing
African American Literature Russian Literature

Teaching Approach
Zen

Why did you become an English professor?

I love language, I love teaching.

Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation?

Build furniture
Play tennis
Play chess

Listen to music

Watch sports

What are your expectations of students?

Embrace, engage and learn

What's something about you that might surprise your students?
My first job out of college was selling used cars. I learned if you can sell a used car, you can sell anything.