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Thomas Gardner

Thomas Gardner, Emeritus Professor

Thomas Gardner, Emeritus Professor
Thomas Gardner, Emeritus Professor

Department of English

Thomas Gardner is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of English. 

  • Contemporary American Poetry
  • Literature and Theology
  • The Lyric Essay
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • M.A., Syracuse University
  • B.A., 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


  • 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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