Eric Gansworth Professor

Eric Gansworth

Professor of English
Phone: 716-888-2113
MA, BA, State University of New York College at Buffalo
Areas of Specialty:  Graphic Novels, Contemporary Native American Literature, Memoir, Film Adaptations Of Literature, Interdisciplinary Studies, Fiction, Poetry, Memoir Writing

Office hours: M 2-3 p.m., T 1:30-5 p.m., W 2-3 p.m., and by appointment

Eric Gansworth, professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence, is a member of the Onondaga Nation. He is the author of nine books, including the novels, Extra Indians, (American Book Award, New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Book of the Year) Mending Skins, (PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award), and the collection of poems and paintings, A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function, which appeared on the National Book Critics Circle’s “Good Reads” List for Spring 2008. His work, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual art, has been published in more than a dozen anthologies and has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Boston Review, Shenandoah, Cold Mountain Review, Poetry International, New York Quarterly, Yellow Medicine Review, American Indian Quarterly, Stone Canoe, UCLA American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Studies in American Indian Literature, and Slipstream, among others. He has held residencies at The Public Theater, The Seaside Institute, The Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities, The Solstice Summer Writing Conference, and The Institute for American Indian Art, among others. As a visual artist, Gansworth has exhibited in many group shows and has had solo or two-person exhibits at Niagara University, The Stuyvesant Gallery, Bright Hill Center, Canisius College, and Colgate University.  He has received theater commissions from SUNY Oneonta and Ohio Northern University and was the recipient of an Individual Artist's Grant for Fiction, from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation.

Gansworth's teaching interests include creative Writing (fiction, poetry, memoir), contemporary Native American literature, film adaptation, interdisciplinary studies, the graphic novel, and contemporary fiction.

“I believe that the act of creative writing is, in equal measure, finding the doorway into the work, whether it is a story, a poem, or an essay, and being equipped to document the magic revealed from behind that door. I believe the teaching of creative writing involves that same two-fold belief:  helping students find their own doorways into their work, and offering practical exercises in creative writing technique to facilitate the most fully realized and polished expressions of their writing imaginations.”  -- Eric Gansworth