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Joe Oestreich

Associate Dean and Professor 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 a Professor in the Department of English, where he serves as Associate Dean. He earned his BA and MFA from the Ohio State University. Professor Oestreich is the author of four books of creative nonfiction: Waiting to Derail (co-written with Thomas O’Keefe, 2018), Partisans (2017), Lines of Scrimmage (co-written with Scott Pleasant, 2015), and Hitless Wonder (2012). His work has appeared in EsquireCreative NonfictionRiver TeethFourth GenreThe Normal School, and many other magazines and journals.


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