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Thomas Gardner

Thomas Gardner, Alumni Distinguished Professor

Thomas Gardner, Alumni Distinguished Professor
Thomas Gardner, Alumni Distinguished Professor

Department of English
417 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner Street, NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6901 | tom.gardner@vt.edu

Thomas Gardner is an Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of English. 

  • Contemporary American Poetry
  • Literature and Theology
  • The Lyric Essay
  • Emily Dickinson
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin
  • MA, Syracuse University
  • BA, Bucknell University
  • Modern Language Association
  • Academy of Teaching Excellence
  • Alumni Teaching Award, 1991
  • Diggs Teaching Scholar Award, 1994
  • NEA Creative Writing Fellowship: Poetry, 1995-96
  • Fulbright Bicentennial Chair, Univ. of Helsinki, 1996-97
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 2002
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, 2003
  • Wine Teaching Award, 2006

Books

  • Lyric Theology: Art and the Doctrine of Creation (Baylor Univ. Press, 2022)
  • Sundays (Tupelo Press, 2020)
  • Poverty Creek Journal (Tupelo Press, 2014)
  • John in the Company of Poets: The Gospel and Literary Imagination (Baylor, 2011)
  • A Door Ajar: Contemporary Writers and Emily Dickinson (Oxford Univ. Press, 2006)
  • Jorie Graham: Essays on the Poetry, ed. (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2005)
  • Regions of Unlikeness: Explaining Contemporary Poetry (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1999)
  • Discovering Ourselves in Whitman (Univ. of Illinois Press, 1989)

Journal Articles

  • “Dickinson, Calvin, and the Drama of Perception,” Religion and Literature, 46.1 (Spring 2014)
  • “A Private Bible,” Raritan, 34 (Summer 2014)
  • “In Exile from our Words,” on Stanley Cavell’s Little Did I Know, Books & Culture (2014)

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