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Joe Oestreich

Professor and Chair, Department of English

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The important thing in writing is the capacity to astonish. Not shock—shock is a worn-out word—but astonish.” – Terry Southern


Joe Oestreich is the author of three books of creative nonfiction: PARTISANS (forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press, 2017), LINES OF SCRIMMAGE (co-written with Scott Pleasant, 2015) and HITLESS WONDER (2012). His essays have appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Ninth Letter, Fourth Genre, The Normal School, and other magazines and journals. As Coordinator of Graduate Study, Joe directs Coastal Carolina's M.A. in Writing Program.


MFA in Creative Writing, The Ohio State University (2007)

Interesting Facts 

Joe is the bass player and singer in the Columbus, Ohio-based band Watershed.

Teaching Areas 

Creative Writing

Research Areas 

Creative Nonfiction