Joey Connelly


Joey Connelly, MFA, Associate Professor of English
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