Bensel, Alyse

Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Looking Glass Rock Writers' Conference

Alyse Bensel teaches creative writing, composition, American Literature, and critical theory. She is the author of three chapbooks, most recently Lies to Tell the Body (Seven Kitchens Press, 2018). Her recent poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly ReviewPleiades, South Dakota ReviewWest Branch, and elsewhere, and her nonfiction and fiction have appeared in The BoilerEntropy, and Pithead Chapel.


Ph.D., University of Kansas M.F.A, Pennsylvania State University B.A., Washington College



Lies to Tell the Body (Seven Kitchens Press, 2018)

Not of Their Own Making (dancing girl press, 2014)

Shift (Plan B Press, 2012)

Scholarly Articles “In the Group Home: Disenfranchised Youth and the Creative Writing Workshop as Intervention.” Journal of Creative Writing Studies 3.1.  

Selected Poems 

“Nocturne.” Pleiades 38.2: 118.

“Carnivore,” “Drafted into the Navy at the End of the War, the Grandfather Assists with Autopsy Conducted on the Victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” “The Grandfather Stationed at the Air Force Base, North Africa.” Gold Wake Live 3.

“Self Portrait as Mermaid Midge Barbie.” SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami) Every Day (April 2018).

“Reproduction Theory,” “Gem and Mineral.” A Journal of the Built + Natural Environment (April 2018).

“Lunar.” Puerto del Sol, 53.1, The Science Issue (Spring 2018): 162-163.

“Grief is a fiddlehead,” “And the Expanse of a Digital Coastline.” South Dakota Review, Issue 53.3&4: 121-123.

“Fritillary,” “Instructions for Hunger,” “Kitchen.” Tinderbox Poetry Journal  4.3.

Contact Information

Phone: 828.884.8369

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