Joey Connelly, MFA, Assistant Professor of English

Joey Connelly

Joey Connelly, MFA, Assistant Professor of English
(270) 852-3214
Faculty Office Building #24




2010    M.F.A in Creative Writing (Poetry), Department of English, Ashland University


2006    B.A. in English and Religion/Philosophy, magna cum laude, Kentucky Wesleyan College




2011-present   Assistant Professor of English, Kentucky Wesleyan College


2010-2011       Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Kentucky Wesleyan College






“Wednesday,” HOOT Literary Review, forthcoming.


“The Day My Parents,” Southern Humanities Review, Auburn University Press. forthcoming


"Gethsemani, KY." St. Sebastian Review 2.2. (20 September 2012): 28.


“My Own Midwife.”  Borderline Review. 4.1. (2 January 2012):1..


"To a Lover Who Can't Sleep". New Plains Review. Ed. Rahm Barnett, Shay. 12.1 (2011): 27.


"Systematic Removal and All It Leaves Me." Splinter Generation (2011): 1.


“Self-Portrait as the Holy Family.” Medulla Review. Ed. Jennifer Hollie Bowles 1 October 2011.


"Acupuncturist's Lobby"." Open 24 Hours. Ed. David Bartholomy. Brescia University Press. 4.1 (2010): 73.


"Winter Song." Floorboard Review. Ed. Jennifer Kindbom. (2 September 2010) : 5.


"A New Thinking." Louisville Review 68.1 (2010): 37.



Creative Nonfiction


"Postmodern Bedtime Story." July 2011. Ed. Ashley Bethard.


“Early Morning in 7 Parts.” 8 September 2012. Ed. Joseph Gross. Atticus Books. 2 March 2013.



Poetry Book Reviews


Dean Young’s Bender: New and Selected Poems.” The Rumpus. Ed. Brian Spears. 12 December 2012.


Thrall by Natasha Trethewey.” The Rumpus. Ed. Brian Spears. 21 November 2012.


"Letters from Robots by Diana Salier." The Rumpus. Ed. Brian Spears. 7 September 2012.


“Long Division by Alan Michael Parker.” The Rumpus. Ed. Brian Spears. 4 July 2012.


“Michael Ryan’s This Morning.”  Rattle. 20 March 2012


“Gaze by Christpher Howell.” The Rumpus. Ed. Brian Spears. 2 May 2012.


“Drinking a Glass of Light.” The Rumpus: Ed. Brian Spears. 23 March 2012.


“A Halfway House Where No One Leaves.”  The Rumpus. Ed. Brian Spears. 8 February 2012.


“Their Faces Blur in Every Mirror: Lisa Marie Darling’s The Body is a Little Gilded Cage.” The Rumpus. Ed. Brian Spears. 28 December 2011.


“Observe as Meat Falls: Kevin Simmonds’ Mad for Meat.” The Rumpus. Ed. Brian Spears. 21 October 2011.



 Awards and Honors:


2013                Semi-finalist, Sundress Press Chapbook Competition


2012                Kentucky Wesleyan College, Dr. Tom Rogers Outstanding Teacher Award


2012                Finalist and Honorable Mention, Steel Toe Books First Book Prize


2012                Finalist, Paris Review Summer Short Story Contest



Conference Participation



2012   “Voices of the Diaspora: Dramatizing Plight of Refugees.” Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education.  March 12


2012   “Experiential Learning and Freshmen Composition Courses.” Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education. March 13


2011   “Merrill’s Postmodern Mythos.” Kentucky Philological Association Annual Conference. March 5


2006   “Mythology and Modernism: Yeats’ ‘Leda and the Swan’ and Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland.’” Kentucky Philological Association Annual Conference. February 20



Teaching Experience 


Kentucky Wesleyan College


Creative Writing Courses:


Senior Seminar: Creative Nonfiction                          Fall 2012


Poetry Workshop                                                        Fall 2012


Creative Writing Survey                                             Fall 2011


Poetry Workshop                                                        Fall 2012


Topics in Creative Writing: Voices of the Diaspora   Spring 2012 and Spring 2013


Senior Seminar: Poetry                                               Spring 2011


Literature Courses:


Freshmen Composition                                               Fall 2010-Spring 2013


Latin American Poets                                                  Spring 2013


Southern Literature and the Search for Identity        Winter 2013


Readings in World Literature (online)                                    Summer 2012


Readings in World Literature                                     Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010


American Literature (online)                                      Spring 2012


Confessional Poetry                                                    Fall 2011


Biblical Literature                                                       Winter 2011



College Service


Faculty Secretary                                                                    2012-2013


Search Committee: Religion Department Chair                    2012


Search Committee: Special Education Professor                   2012


Freshmen Orientation Leader                                                            2011-present


Freshmen Advisor                                                                   2011-present


Teacher Education Advisory Committee (TEAC) Member     2010-2012


Teacher Education Committee (TEC) Member                      2010-2012


Teacher in the Workplace Member                                       2013



Professional Affiliations


  Kentucky Philological Association


Association of Writers and Writing Programs


American Academy of Poets



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