Crerand, Patrick

Title: Associate Professor of English

Department: Language Studies and Arts

Phone: 352-588-8437

Email: patrick.crerand@saintleo.edu

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, English, The Ohio State University
  • Masters in Fine Arts, Fiction Writing, Bowling Green State University
  • Ph.D., English, University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Biography:

Originally from Ohio, I have now spent over ten years down south, five years of which were in Lafayette, Louisiana where I cultivated a love of gumbo and an unhealthy fear of the Ragin’ Cajun mascot, Cayenne, a giant anthropomorphic hot pepper. Saturdays in the fall, my mind migrates north where it lives and dies with Ohio State football. I play guitar (badly), listen to Springsteen (too much), and share a name with a distant cousin who played soccer for Manchester United in the 60s, though none of that football prowess has rubbed off on me (yet).

Community Affiliation:

  • Florida College English Association
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Teaching & Professional Interests:

I teach creative writing, literature, and film, including the Fiction and Nonfiction Workshops, Writing Wild, Contemporary Literature, and Honors 351: The Contemporary World View. My fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in places like The Collagist, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, The St. Petersburg Times, Tarpaulin Sky, Ninth Letter, Cimarron Review, New Orleans Review and other journals. I also edit prose for our own Green Rabbit Press, Sandhill Review and recently co-created the online journal Lightning Key Review. My desert island bookshelf would include James Thurber’s The Thurber Carnival, Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing, David Sedaris’ Me Talk Pretty One Day, Flannery O’Connor’s Collected Stories, Ernest Gaines’ Of Love and Dust, Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Last American Man, Annie Dillard’s For the Time Being, Gay Talese’s Thy Neighbor’s Wife, Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff, Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life, Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Charles Portis’s True Grit and Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions.

Honors & Awards:

  • Ragdale Artist Residency, 2008 & 2014
  • Best American Nonrequired Reading, Honorable Mention, 2008

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