Introducing Professor Corey Van Landingham: Emerging Writer Lecturer 2015-2016
By Annika Jensen, Web Editor
Corey Van Landingham is the 2015-2016 Emerging Writer Lecturer and author of Antidote, an award-winning and critically-acclaimed collection of poetry. She currently teaches Topics in Writing: Documentary Writing and two sections of Introduction to Creative Writing, her greatest interests being contemporary poetry and poetics and poetry of witness.
Van Landingham grew up in southern Oregon before leaving to pursue an undergraduate degree at Lewis and Clark College and an MFA at Purdue University. Before coming to Gettysburg, she was a Wallace Stegner Poetry Fellow at Stanford University.
She is excited to be back at a small liberal arts college where, she says, “students can draw on a vast exposure to other subjects and courses, and where students are more closely involved with their own course of study,” and she hopes to help students get more involved with writing: “ I would like to guide students in their individual interests in Creative Writing, helping them find their own unique subject matter and voices from which they can create.” The history of Gettysburg and the opportunities it offers also strikes her as compelling and inspiring.
After her time at Gettysburg, Van Landingham hopes to find a position as a professor at a similarly small liberal arts school. “Teaching Creative Writing in this kind of environment only seems natural, as, through the practice of writing from and reading other unique perspectives, students are able to better situate themselves in the world.” She also remarked on the kindness of the students and faculty.
As for her favorite ice cream flavor, Van Landingham says she prefers coffee: “Caffeine and sugar, the perfect combination.”