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Nicky Beer

Assistant Professor

Office Location: North Classroom 4017C
Phone: 303-352-3968
Fax: 303-556-2959
Office hours: M W 12:30-1:30, or by appointment
Areas of Expertise:
Creative Writing

Education & Degrees

PhD, English & Creative Writing, University of Missouri-Columbia
MFA, Literature & Creative Writing, University of Houston
BA, Sociology, Yale University


Nicky Beer has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Colorado Denver, Murray State University in Kentucky, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the University of Houston.

She has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, a Campbell Corner Poetry Award, and a Discovery/The Nation Award.

Select Publications

The Diminishing House. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon UP, 2010.

"Post-Mortem." Reprinted in The Washington Post, Nov. 1, 2009.

"[After ten years,]." "Crackpot Arctic Octopus." McSweeney’s 31, 2009: 77, 154.

"Prairie Octopus, Awake." "Ad Hominem." Poetry, December 2008: 225-7.

"Still Life with Half-Turned Woman and Questions." Reprinted in Best American Poetry 2007. Ed. Heather McHugh. New York: Scribner, 2007. 8.

"Woman in a Stanza." The Nation 282.20 (May 22, 2006): 30.

Courses Taught

English 2154, Introduction to Creative Writing

English 3020, Poetry Workshop

English 4804, Copper Nickel (literary publishing)