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Chad Wriglesworth
Chad Wriglesworth
Associate Professor
Department of English

PhD, University of Iowa

MA, Portland State University

MA, Regent College, University of British Columbia

BA, Warner Pacific College




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Associate Professor Chad Wriglesworth

Before coming to St. Jerome’s University, I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in English at Warner Pacific College and Portland State University, both located in Portland, Oregon. I then headed to University of British Columbia, and completed an interdisciplinary master’s degree in literature and theology at Regent College. These interests followed me to the University of Iowa, where I finished a PhD in twentieth-century American literature with an emphasis in religious thought and environmental humanities.

I teach courses in modern and contemporary American literature, as well as courses in genre studies and literary criticism. In Modern American Literature (ENGL 344), I encourage students to examine relationships between literary production and the turbulent history of the United States from 1900-1945, a period of artistry and reform that depicts people and places shaped by westward migration, the Great Depression, and international wars. In American Literature Since 1945 (ENGL 347), students explore how the civil rights movement, environmentalism, and feminism have been shaped by contemporary American writers. We also consider how postmodern styles of writing are used to remember and enact traumatic events such as the Vietnam War, indigenous colonization, and anxieties that come with living in exile. 


I am currently working on a couple of projects.  I’m editing a book of selected letters between Jane Kenyon, Alice Mattison, and Joyce Peseroff.  In addition, I’m also working on a book titled Geographies of Reclamation: Writing and Water in the Columbia River Basin. Using regional archives, environmental history, bioregional theory, and the geography of the watershed itself, I am mapping ways that prose and poetry written about the Columbia River Basin has shaped cultural attitudes, spiritual practices, and environmental policies in the Pacific Northwest for more than 150 years.  I also enjoy working as an Associate Editor for The Raymond Carver Review.


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Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder. Edited and Introduction. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint Press, 2014.


“Writing on Water: Sherman Alexie’s Poetry on the Reclamation of Spokane Falls.” In The Spokane River. Ed. Paul Lindholdt. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2018. 142-153.


“Apology and forgiveness got no place here at all’: On the Road to Washington D.C. with Bruce Springsteen.” In Music and the Road: Essays on the Interplay of Music and the Popular Culture of the American Road. Ed. Gordon Slethaug. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2017. 157-174.


“Salmon Theology and Spokane Falls: Catholicism and Restorative Justice in Sherman Alexie’s Poetry.” In Ecotheology in the Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Divine and the Natural World. Ed. Melissa Brotton. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016. 87-118.


“Becoming a Creature of Artful Existence: Theological Perception and Ecological Design in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead.” In This Life, This World: New Essays on Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, Gilead, and Home. Ed. Jason W. Stevens. Boston, MA: Brill Publishing, 2015. 91-130.


“Raymond Carver and the Shaping Power of the Pacific Northwest.” In Critical Insights: Raymond Carver. Ed. Jim Plath. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2013. 19-35.


“The Poetics of Water:  Currents of Reclamation in the Columbia River Basin.” In The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place. Eds., Thomas Lynch, Cheryll Glotfelty, and Karla Armbruster. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2012. 86-99.


“Raymond Carver and Alcoholics Anonymous: A Narrative under the ‘Surface of Things.’” In New Paths to Raymond Carver: Critical Essays on His Life, Fiction, and Poetry.  Eds. Sandra Lee Kleppe and Robert Miltner. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2008. 132-154.


“‘The Thing I Would Like, Actually, is to Bless You’: Acknowledging the Soul in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead.” CRUX: A Quarterly Journal of Christian Thought and Opinion 52.3/4 (Fall/Winter 2016): 28-41.


“Stepping onto the Yakama Reservation:  Land and Water Rights in Raymond Carver’s ‘Sixty Acres.’”  Western American Literature 45.1 (Spring 2010): 55-79.


“Trampling Kamiakin’s Gardens: The Legacy of Theodore Winthrop’s Stay at St. Joseph’s Mission, 1853.” Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History 24.4 (Winter 2010-11): 30-35.“‘What the River Says,’ Reading William Stafford’s The Methow River Poems as New Genre Public Art.”  ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 17.2 (Spring 2010): 1-23.


“Theological Humanism as Living Praxis: Reading Surfaces and Depth in Margaret Edson’s Wit.Literature and Theology 22.2 (June 2008): 210-222.    




Amy Anderson and Chad Wriglesworth, "On Poetry and Faith in a Postmodern World," Regent College Podcast, 2017.


Paul Swanson and Chad Wriglesworth, "Wendell Berry & Gary Snyder are Distant Neighbors," Contemplify Podcast, 2018.


St. Jerome’s University, Faculty Research Grant (2017-2018)
University of Waterloo, Robert Harding Humanities and Social Sciences Award (2015-2017)
St. Jerome’s University, Faculty Research Grant (2015-2016)
St. Jerome’s University, Faculty Research Grant (2013-2014)
St. Jerome’s University, Faculty Research Grant (2012-2013)


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies, Early Career Fellowship Program, Recent Doctoral Recipient Fellowship (2009-2011)
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies, Early Career Fellowship Program, Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2009-2010)
Center for Columbia River History, James B. Castles Fellowship (2008-2009)                                                
Texas Tech University, Formby Research Fellowship (2008-2009)                                                                                                      
University of Iowa Newman Center, Catholic Studies Research Fellowship (2005-2006)        



Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Award for Teaching Excellence. Co-recipient with Norm Klassen (2018)
University of Waterloo, Federation of Students Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2018)
Evangelical Press Association, Best Interview Award for “We Are Still Near the Beginning:  A Conversation with Wendell Berry” (2016)
University of Waterloo, Federation of Students Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2014)
University of Iowa, W.R. Irwin Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008)


ENGL 100C: Drama
ENGL 201: The Short Story
ENGL 248: Literature for an Ailing Planet
ENGL 251: Literary Theory and Criticism 

ENGL 251B: Criticism 2

ENGL 324: Modern and Contemporary American Drama

ENGL 332: Topics in Creative Writing [Topic: Writers on Creative Writing]
ENGL 344: Modern American Literature
ENGL 347: American Literature Since 1945
RS 291: The Sacramental Imagination (Special Topics, co-taught with Dr. Norm Klassen)

ENGL 486: Topics in Literatures Modern to Contemporary [Topic: Contemporary American Poetry]

CT 613: The Catholic Imagination in Art and Literature

ENGL 760: Minds at Work: Marilynne Robinson and Cormac McCarthy (Graduate Course)
ENGL 785: Environmental Criticism (Graduate Course)


Modern and Contemporary American Literature
Literature and Theology
Environmental Humanities
American Poetry and Poetics
Native American Literature
Literature and the American West


The content that follows may only represent a portion of the Faculty member’s work.


Associate Editor, The Raymond Carver Review
Editorial Board, Archivation Exploration, Texas Tech University
Advisory Board, University of Nevada Press, Waterscapes: History, Cultures, and Controversies


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Chair, Department of English (2018-2021)