Sandra Cookson, PhD Professor

Sandra Cookson, PhD

Office: Tower 909
Phone: 888-2653
cookson@canisius.edu

Office Hours: MWF 3-5 and by apppointment

Sandra Cookson, PhD received her PhD in English from The University of Connecticut. Cookson has taught freshman English and Modern and Contemporary Poetry seminars in the All-College Honors program. She teaches regularly in the English department’s creative writing minor, and she offers the Advanced Creative Writing Poetry Seminar in that program, as well as American Women Poets: Reading and Writing. She also teaches a range of British poetry, from medieval to modern, including a seminar in the English Romantic poets. Cookson also teaches women’s literature and film courses as well as freshman seminars in English. She has published critical essays on twentieth-century American poets in the MasterPlots Series (Salem Press). Her essay on the poetry of Louise Bogan, the subject of her dissertation research, was published in Critical Essays on Louise Bogan, edited by Martha Collins. Her essay on Handel’s musical settings of Milton’s L’Allegro and Il Penseroso appeared in The Milton Quarterly. Her own poetry has been published in a number of literary journals, including Common Ground, (Springfield, MA), July Literary (Buffalo, NY), Out of Line (Trenton, OH), and Rhino(Evanston, IL).

Dr. Cookson’s specialty is modern and contemporary American poetry. Her interests in literature have focused on women’s writing, on British and European writers, as well as American and European poetry in translation. She has taught creative writing at all levels in poetry, and prose and poetry at the introductory level. Her own poems have been published in a variety of literary magazines and journals. A chapbook of poems, Two Loons Taken for Vultures, has recently been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. 

Recent teaching interests: English Honors seminar in novels of Dostoevsky. Other interests: music, singing. Languages: French, Italian, and recently, study of Russian.