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The CWP welcomes new assistant professor in Creative Nonfiction, Angela Pelster-Wiebe

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A note from CWP Director,
Mary François Rockcastle:

It with great pleasure that I announce that Angela Pelster-Wiebe will be joining The Creative Writing Programs as an assistant professor in creative nonfiction. Angela is currently teaching creative writing at Towson University in Baltimore. She is the author of Limber, a collection of essays published by Sarabande Press in 2014. Limber has been shortlisted for the prestigious PEN/Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Angela has also published a children’s novel, The Curious Adventures of India Sophia (River Books, 2005), which won the Golden Eagle Children’s Choice Award. Her essays have appeared in such journals as Hotel America, Granta, Seneca Review, Fourth Genre, and The Gettysburg Review.

Born and raised in Canada, Angela received her B.Ed. from the University of Alberta and her M.F.A. from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. She was an Iowa Arts Fellow from 2009-11. 

When asked about the vision behind Limber, one of whose subjects is trees, Angela wrote: “We should all be aware by now that if we don't change our habits of over consumption, it will not be possible to sustain human life like this for much longer, and yet we continue in our ways. Although my book does touch on matters of the environment, it goes beyond that topic to investigate the root cause (no pun intended on a book about trees) of our drive to consume. So it's basically a book asking questions about love, loneliness, faith and if it is reasonable to have hope in the face of so much darkness.”

A reviewer in the Star Tribune described Limber as “a short collection of prose verging on poetry. It is a mesmerizing workout for the mind, invoking wordplay and mental leaps. Paragraphs can leave you breathless, brain working like a muscle — or the lignin of a tree. 

The search committee was impressed with Angela’s skill and creativity as a teacher and believe she will bring a new and exciting energy to CWP. 

Justin St. Germain, our visiting assistant professor in creative nonfiction, will be leaving Hamline at the end of this academic year.  He has accepted a job in creative writing at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.  

Mary Rockcastle, Director
The Creative Writing Programs