Dr. Simone Muench

Professor, English

Areas of Expertise:
Poetry, Creative Writing, Film Studies, Editing & Publishing

2006 Ph.D., University of Illinois- Chicago (Program for Creative Writers)
1994 M.A., University of Colorado (English)
1991 B.A., University of Colorado (Psychology; English)

Celebration of Scholarship Mentor:
Living in the Sunken Place: An Analysis of “Get Out”
Undergraduate Student Project in Visual Arts

Primary Courses Taught:
English 270 Introduction to Film Studies
English 311 Introduction to Creative Writing
English 312 Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop
English 319 Publishing Practicum: Jet Fuel Review
English 371 Classical Hollywood Cinema
English 374 The Horror Film
English 400 Internship: Jet Fuel Review
English 413 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop

Scholarly Publications:

Muench, S., Rader, D., White, J. K., & S. A. (June, 2018). They said: A multi-genre anthology of contemporary collaborative writing. New York State: Black Lawrence Press


Muench, S., Rader, D., Ashton, S., & White, J. (Eds) (2018). They said: A multi genre anthology of contemporary collaborative writing. New York, NY: Black Lawrence Press.

Muench, S. & Rader, D. (2018, Jan-Feb). “For one thing, it’s on the air, you can hear music” and “We tunnel through your noonday out to you”. Philadelphia, PA: The American Poetry Review.

Muench, S. & Rader, Dean (Eds). (2018). They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing. (1st ed.) New York: Black Lawrence Press.
Muench, S. & Rader, Dean (2017). Suture (1st ed.) New York: Black Lawrence Press.
Muench, S. (2014). Wolf Centos (1st ed.) Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books.
Muench, S. (2010). Orange Crush (1st ed.) Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books.
Muench, S. & Jenks, Philip (2010). Disappearing Address.  (1st ed.) Buffalo, New York: BlazeVOX Books.
Muench, S. (2005). Lampblack & Ash (1st ed.) Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books.
Muench, S. (2000). The Air Lost in Breathing (1st ed.) Kansas City/Los Angeles: Helicon Nine Editions.

Scholarly Presentations:

Muench, S. (2018, November). Keynote lecture on collaborative writing for St. Francis Writers’ Conference. Presented at 27th Annual St. Francis Writers’ Conference at University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL.

Muench, S., Rice, V. S., Akin, A., Jones, L., & Pacyk, C. (2018, August). From singular to shared: The combined mind of collaborative writing. Keynote panel presented at Northwestern University’s 14th Annual Summer Writers’ Conference at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Muench, S., Rader, D., Agodon, K. R., Koo, J., & Darling, K. M. (2019, March). Composing an anthology from start to strong finish. Conference Presentation at The 2019 Annual Association of Writers andWriting Programs (AWP). Conference & Bookfair at Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR.


Muench, S. (2018, March). Jet Fuel Review. Poster session presented at the book fair of the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) conference, Tampa, FL.

Muench, S. (2018, March). AWP offsite UIC alumni reading. Presentation at the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) conference, Tampa, FL.

Keynote speaker for the St. Francis Writers’ Conference, University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL, November 2018.

Keynote Reading and Discussion for Northwestern’s Summer Writing Conference. “From Singular to Shared: the Combined Mind of Collaborative Writing” with Anne-Marie Akin, Laura Jones, Christine Pacyk, & Virginia Smith Rice, August 2018.

Presenter for the Edelstein-Keller Visiting Writer Series, University of Minnesota, October 2016.

Visiting Writer at Vermont Studio Center, March 2016.

Presenter for the Pop-Up Poetry Series at the Art Institute of Chicago, January 2016.

Presenter for the Open Door Reading Series. The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL, November 2014.


  • Faculty Scholar for “Chapbook Manuscript: Solve for X”
  • Selected as one of New City’s Literary Top 50, “Who Really Books in Chicago” June 2018.
  • Featured Illinois Poet at the Illinois Poet Laureate website, 2015.
  • Recipient of The  Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Charitable Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award, 2014.
  • Recipient of an Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency Fellowship, May 2014.
  • Recipient of an Artsmith Poetry Residency Fellowship, January 2014.
  • Recipient of a National Endowments of the Arts Fellowship  in Poetry, 2013.
  • Recipient of a Yaddo Writers Residency, 2013.
  • Recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships in Poetry.

Professional Service:

Chief Faculty Advisor for Jet Fuel Review.

Senior Poetry Editor for Tupelo Quarterly.

Curator, with Beth McDermott, of the Danny’s Sunday Series.

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