Catherine Pierce,
Associate Professor &
Co-Director of Creative Writing

2310 Lee Hall
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS   39762

Catherine Pierce

Professional Bio

Catherine Pierce co-directs MSU's creative writing program, and teaches classes in creative writing and American literature. She is the author of two books of poems, The Girls of Peculiar (Saturnalia 2012) and Famous Last Words (Saturnalia 2008, winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize), as well as of a chapbook, Animals of Habit (Kent State 2004), a winner of the Wick Chapbook Competition. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Slate, Ploughshares, Boston Review, Crab Orchard Review, Court Green, FIELD, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Mississippi Review, Barrow Street, Blackbird, Mid-American Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. She joined the faculty at Mississippi State in 2007.


Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2007
M.F.A., The Ohio State University, 2003
B.A., Susquehanna University, 2000

Teaching Interests:

Creative Writing, poetry
20th Century American literature

Recent Courses:



Girls of PeculiarThe Girls of Peculiar
2012, 80 pp.
ISBN 978-0983368625



Famous Last Words


Famous Last Words
2008, 80 pp.
ISBN 0-97549-907-6


Animals of Habit


Animals of Habit

Wick Poetry Chapbook Series Three, #7
2004, 40 pp
ISBN 0-87338-805-4
Kent State University Press

Recent Publications

“Fire Blight,” “The Universe is a Madam,” “Without Ceremony.” FIELD (forthcoming).
“Dear Day.” Boston Review (forthcoming).
“The Delinquent Girls,” “The Drama Girls,” “The Quiet Girls,” “The Geek Girls,” and “She Gets Drunk and Talks Too Much at Her High School Reunion.” Blackbird (forthcoming).

“Dear Self I Might Have Been.” The Cincinnati Review (forthcoming).

“Any Escape Hatch.” Ninth Letter 7.2 (2010).

“Postcards From Her Alternate Lives” and “The women from the 70s are beautiful.” Court Green 7 (2010).

“Dear Atom Bomb” and “Emergence.” Indiana Review 30.2 (2009): 78-80.

“Reading Faulkner at 17, You Foresee Your Reckoning.” Slate, featured October 21-27 (2008). <>

“The Books Fill Her Apartment Like Birds” and “A Short Biography of the American People by City.” Ploughshares 34.1 (2008): 141-143.

“The Guidance Counselor to the Girl” and “Reading YM at the Pool, Age 12.” Crab Orchard Review 13.2 (2008): 170-172.

“High School: A Triptych,” “Ocean City, 1958,” and “Postcards From Her Future Self.” New Madrid, Emerging Poets Feature 3.2 (2008): 65-69.

Reprint. “Epithalamium.” Best New Poets 2007 (anthology). Samovar Books, 2007.

“In Which I Imagine Myself Into a Film Noir,” “In Which I Imagine Myself Into a Slasher Flick,” and “In Which I Imagine Myself Into a Western.” Blackbird 6.2 (2007