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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
  Rm. 236, 540MC

Earl S. Braggs teaches creative writing, poetry and African Literature. He is the author of 12 collections of poetry. Braggs' latest book is Negro Side of the Moon. Braggs is the recipient of the Anhinga Poetry Prize, C&R Press Poetry Prize, Jack kerouac International Literary Prize, Gloucester County College Poetry Prize and Cleveland State Poetry Prize (unable to accept: Hat Dancer Blue, the same manuscript won the Anhinga Poetry Prize). His novel Looking For Jack Kerouac was a finalist in the James Jones First Novel Contest. Braggs' teaching awards include the UTNAA Outstanding Professor Award and two SGA Outstanding Professor Awards.

Degrees

MFA in Writing Vermont College

BA Philosophy and Social Science

Research and/or Creative Interests

(1) Poetic syntactical arrangement possibilities (2) Dissecting definitions, i.e. racism (anatomizing), then honoring the parts quantitatively.

Teaching Interests

Creative Writing, African American Literature, Russian Literature, History

Teaching Approach

Zen (The answer is always in the question) (Looking beyond and beneath the obvious)

What are your expectations of students?

Appreciate, embrace, engage, learn to enjoy learning

Why did you become an English professor?

I love language, I love teaching, I am in love with possibility.

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

Build furniture, play tennis and chess, watch film noir, listen to music.

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.