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Dr. Brigitte Byrd

Professor of English

Office: A&S 105H
College of Arts & Sciences


Dr. Brigitte Byrd specializes in poetry as a genre and performance theory. She is a transnational writer whose work reflects her interest in prose poetry and hybrid genres as well as otherness and/or alienation. Dr. Byrd is the author of recently released <i>Onomo, Flaubert!</i> (Ahsahta Press, 2020) as well as three other poetry collections: <i>Song of a Living Room</i>, <i>The Dazzling Land</i> and <i>Fence Above the Sea</i>. She is also a poetry editor for<i> Tupelo Quarterly</i>. Author Website:<br><br>Dr. Byrd teaches creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as first year writing. She directs creative and scholarly undergraduate and graduate theses in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Dr. Byrd supervises internships for <i>Cygnet</i>, the student magazine of art and literature and coordinates the Visiting Writers Reading Series.


Ph D, English (Poetry as a Genre and Theory), Florida State University, 2003

MA, English (Creative Writing), University of West Florida, 1999

Awards and Honors

Marie Alexander Poetry Series 2011 (finalist) , Marie Alexander Poetry Series , Award, 2011

Gene Hatfield Scholar of the Year, College of Arts & Sciences/Dr. Gene Hatfield, Award, 2009

John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award, Florida State University & Academy of American Poets, Award, 2000

Summer Literary Seminar, St. Petersburg, Russia, Poetry Prize, Summer Literary Seminar, Award, 2001

Intellectual Contributions

Brigitte Byrd, ONOMO, FLAUBERT!, Ahsahta Press – June 2020

Brigitte Byrd, SONG OF A LIVING ROOM, Ahsahta Press – September 2009

Brigitte Byrd, THE DAZZLING LAND, California Institute of Arts and Letters / Black Zinnias Press – January 2008

Brigitte Byrd, FENCE ABOVE THE SEA, Ahsahta Press – September 2005

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

Brigitte Byrd, David Kirby, Decatur Book Festival 2019: Brigitte Byrd and David Kirby, Decatur Book Festival 2019 –  August 31 2019 to August 31 2019

Brigitte Byrd, Poetry at Tech, Georgia Tech –  November 19 2015 to November 19 2015

Brigitte Byrd, Harvard Advocate Poetry Reading Series, Harvard Advocate –  November 19 2005

Brigitte Byrd, VOX Reading Series, University of Georgia –  November 17 2009

Brigitte Byrd, Innovailers & Outsliders: Experimental Writers from across the Country, Off-site AWP Conference –  March 9 2006

Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Brigitte Byrd, Georgia Poets Initiative, Georgia Poetry Circuit, Private, 1000, Funded –  Fall 2015 to Fall 2015

Brigitte Byrd, C.A.S.E. (Creative Activities and Scholarship Enrichment), College of Arts & Sciences, Clayton State University, Funded –  August 2014 to December 2014

Brigitte Byrd, Literary Event Grant of Georgia (LEGG), Georgia Council for the Arts, State, 250, Funded –  Spring 2010 to March 4 2010


Brigitte Byrd, Deborah Hall, Jocelyn Cullity, Dominika Wrozynski, Jen McClanaghan, Tips from The Wired Trenches: Tactics for Teaching Creative Writing Online, Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Portland 2019, AWP –  March 28 2019

Brigitte Byrd, Mary-Jane Ryals, Teaching Creative Writing Online, The 2017 Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers, The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers –  March 10 2017

Brigitte Byrd, Keynote Speaker Brigitte Byrd on the Prose Poem, Wiregrass Conference 2010, Valdosta State University –  September 4 2010

Brigitte Byrd, Inside the Box: Prose Poets on Form and Influence, Associated Writing & Writers Programs Conference 2010, Associated Writing & Writers Programs (AWP) –  April 8 2010

Brigitte Byrd, Ahsahta Press 35th Anniversary , Associated Writing & Writers Programs Conference 2010, Associated Writing & Writers Programs (AWP) –  April 8 2010

Service to the University & University System of Georgia

College, Dean's Faculty Advisory committee (college level), Committee Member –  August 2020 to Present

University, Promotion and Tenure Committee (university level), Committee Member –  August 2017 to July 2020

College, William Woods Lecture Series Committee (college level), Committee Member –  August 2016 to Present

University, Graduate Curriculum Subcommittee (university level), Committee Member –  August 2013 to August 2015

University, Alma Mater Committee (university level), Committee Member –  Fall 2012 to Fall 2013

Service to the Profession

Member, Association of Writers and Writing Programs Fall 2012 to Present

Member, Georgia Writers Registry, National –  January 2009 to Present

Member, Georgia Poets Initiative Fall 2014 to Present

Member, Association of American University Professors Fall 2016 to Present

Service to the Community

Member, Humane Society Legislative Fund Fall 2016 to Present

Member, Southern Poverty Law Center Fall 2016 to Present

Member, American Civil Liberty Union Fall 2016 to Present

Member, Mercy for Animals Spring 2014 to Present