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Julia Bloch

Julia Bloch

Director, Creative Writing Program


2011 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): Bob Perelman
"Lyric After Epic: Gender and the Postwar Long Poem"

3808 Walnut Street 305

Office Hours

By appointment

Julia Bloch received a BA in political philosophy at Carleton College, an MFA in creative writing/poetry at Mills College, and an MA and PhD in English literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests in twentieth-century poetry and poetics include the North American long poem; formal hybridity; subjectivity; gender and sexuality; and genre theory. Her current book project, "Lyric after Epic: Gender and the Postwar Long Poem," investigates generic concordance and contention in the innovative North American long poem, looking at issues of gender, ideology, and the place of the lyric. Julia’s poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Journal of Modern Literature, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Women’s Studies Quarterly, How2, Mirage/Period(ical), Aufgabe, Five Fingers Review, New Review of Literature, and elsewhere; her book of prose poems, Letters to Kelly Clarkson, was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. She is also the author of Valley Fever, published in 2015, and The Sacramento of Desire, forthcoming in 2020 from Sidebrow Books; her chapbooks include Hollywood Forever (Little Red Leaves Textile Series) and Like Fur (Essay Press). She is coeditor of the international poetics journal Jacket2. From 2011 to 2013 she served as assistant professor of literature at the Bard College MAT Program in Delano, California. From 2013 to 2015 she was associate director of the Kelly Writers House. She now directs the Creative Writing Program at Penn. She has received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty and has also been awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.


Courses Taught

spring 2020

fall 2019

ENGL 126.301 The Art of Editing  

spring 2018

ENGL 126.301 The Art of Editing  
ENGL 435.640 Writing through Music  

fall 2017

ENGL 210.301 Writing Philadelphia  

summer 2017

spring 2017

ENGL 126.301 The Art of Editing  

fall 2016

ENGL 113.301 Poetry Writing Workshop  

summer 2016

spring 2016

ENGL 126.301 The Art of Editing  

fall 2015

ENGL 010.303 Creative Writing  
ENGL 010.601 Creative Writing  

summer 2015

spring 2015

fall 2014

ENGL 010.304 Creative Writing  

spring 2014

ENGL 126.301 The Art of Editing  

spring 2011

ENGL 062.001 20th Century Poetry  

fall 2010

spring 2007