Matthew J. Ferrence, Department Chair


Title:
Associate Professor of English
Department: English
Research Fields of Interest: Nonfiction Writing; Fiction Writing; Appalachian Studies; American Literature
Degrees: B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MFA., University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D., West Virginia University

Contact Info:
Email: mferrence@allegheny.edu
Phone: (814) 332-4339

Office Location: Odd Fellows 225
Office Hours: Fall 2018
Tues./Thurs. 3-4:30
Wednesdays 10-12 & 2-3

Courses (FA ’18)
ENGL 210- Writing Non-Fiction
ENGL 403- Advanced Nonficiton Wrtg Wrkshp

Publications:
Books

  • All-American Redneck: Variations on an Icon, from James Fenimore Cooper to the Dixie Chicks. Knoxville, TN: U Tennessee Press, 2014. Finalist, Weatherford Award.

In Anthologies

  • “Mos Teutonicus.” Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays. Stephanie G’Schwind, Editor. Fort Collins, CO: Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State U, 2017. 141-156.
  • “The Slashing.” Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and Fatherhood. Stephanie G’Schwind, Editor. Fort Collins, CO: Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State U, 2014. 128-138.

Creative Nonfiction in Journals

  • “In the Cancer Center Waiting Room.” Cincinnati Review 14.2 (Winter 2018): 52-53.
  • “Moving Water.” Cimarron Review 199/200/201 (Spring, Summer, Fall 2017): 140-152.
  • “The Foxes of Prince Edward Island.” Reprint. The Fiddlehead 272 (Summer 2017): 148-159.
  • “The Foxes of Prince Edward Island.” Gettysburg Review 30.1 (Spring 2017): 27-37.
  • “Approved by the Postmaster General.” Quarter After Eight 22 (Spring 2016): 101-112.
  • “Shaggy Grass, Seaside Golf, and French Theory.” The Millions. Nov. 12, 2015.
  • “Blooding.” Moon City Review (2015): 121-124.
  • “Milk Off.” Copper Nickel 20 (Spring 2015): 30-32.
  • “Mos Teutonicus.”  Colorado Review 41.3 (Fall/Winter 2014): 79-93.
  • “Depredation.”  Creative Nonfiction 51 (Spring 2014): 35-40. Human Face of Sustainability Issue, in partnership with Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, and the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives.
  • “Exoskeleton.” Gettysburg Review 27.1 (Spring 2014): 108-119.
  •  “Spiritual Dangers.” Winner of 2013 Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction. Cutbank 79 (Fall 2013): 52-67.
  •  “The Slashing.”  Gulf Coast 25.2 (Spring 2013): 184-193. Selected as Notable Essay in Best American Sports Writing 2014.
  • “White Vespa.” Burrow Press Review. October 2012.
  • “Getting There.” Sport Literate 7.2 (Winter 2012): 74-82.
  • “Rain.” Bluestem. December 2011.
  • “Museum Piece.” Puckerbrush Review 27.1 (Summer/Fall 2010): 31-34.
  • “Spaces Between.” Blue Mesa Review 23 (Spring 2010): 66-78. Selected as Notable Essay for Best American Essays 2011.
  • “Rules of the Game.” Stymie 2.1 (Summer 2009): 21-29. Nominated for 2009 Pushcart Prize and 2010 Dzanc Books Best of the Web Prize.
  • “Highways and Fairways.” Crab Orchard Review 14.1 (Winter/Spring 2009): 174-182.
  • “Viewed From Above.” Concho River Review 22.2 (Fall 2008): 69-80.
  • “On the Turquoise Tee.” Blue Mesa Review 20/21 (Fall 2007/Spring 2008): 68-77.

Scholarship

  • “You Are and You Ain’t: Story and Literature as Redneck Resistance.” Journal of Appalachian Studies 18.1&2 (Spring/Fall 2012): 113-130.
  • “Reality is Sly, People are Complicated: The Facts of the Matter (Part Two).” Roundtable discussion. Brevity: 20 Nov. 2012.
  • “As a Matter of Fact: A Roundtable Discussion About Anonymous’ ‘The Facts of the Matter’ and Truth and Craft in Nonfiction. Roundtable Discussion. Brevity: 5 Nov. 2012.
  • “Breaking the Filibuster of Race: the Literary Resonance of the Emmett Till Mur-der.” Arkansas Review 41.1 (Spring 2010): 45-62.
  • “The Naturalized Redneck: Performing Citizenship through Patriotic Submission.” Popular Culture Review 19.2 (Summer 2008): 61-67.
  • “Make it Up, Make it Right: Presidential Truth Through Biographical Falsity in Edmund Morris’s Dutch.” EASPSU On-line 3.1 (Fall 2006): 131-143.