Donald Quist

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Assistant Professor
326 Tate Hall

University of Missouri, Ph.D. in English (Creative Writing), 2021  

Vermont College of Fine Arts, M.F.A. in Writing, 2013

Coker University, B.A. in Communications, 2006 

University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), 2013 

Research and Teaching

Areas of Study

  • Creative Writing


Research interests include African Diaspora Studies, Post 45 Literature, Geopolitical Literature, Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, Post Colonialism, Pop Culture, Mass Media.


Pronouns: he/they

Donald Quist is author of two essay collections, Harbors, a Foreword INDIES Bronze Winner and International Book Awards Finalist, and To Those Bounded. He has a linked story collection, For Other Ghosts. His writing has appeared in AGNI, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, and was Notable in Best American Essays 2018. He is creator of the online nonfiction series PAST TEN. Donald has received fellowships from Sundress Academy for the Arts and Kimbilio Fiction. 

Awards and Honors

Pushcart Prize Nomination – Nonfiction (2021)  

Donald E. and Mary Frances Hayden English Fellowship (2020) 

Hien & Emily Nguyen Award in Creative Writing (2020) 

Best American Essays (notable) (2018) 

Gus T. Ridgel Fellowship - University of Missouri (2018) 

Pushcart Prize Nomination – Fiction (2017) 

Sundress Academy for the Arts Fellowship (2017) 

International Book Awards Finalist for Narrative Nonfiction (2017) 

Foreword INDIES Bronze Winner for Essays (2016) 

Kimbilio Fiction Fellowship (2016) 

Pushcart Prize Nomination – Fiction (2016) 

Pushcart Prize Nomination – Fiction (2015) 

Pushcart Prize Nomination – Nonfiction (2015) 

Pushcart Prize Nomination – Fiction (2013) 

Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize (runner-up, 2011) 

The Writer’s Workshop of Asheville Literary Fiction Contest Winner (2010) 

Selected Publications

Mister Miracle: Signifying Self-Emancipation. University Press of Mississippi. (forthcoming). 

The Past Ten: An Essay Anthology (co-editor). Cornerstone Press / University of Wisconsin. (forthcoming)

Who Makes the Franchise?: Essays on Fandom and Wilderness Texts in Popular Media (co-editor). McFarland Books. Oct. 2022 

To Those Bounded (essay collection). Awst Press. 2021  

For Other Ghosts (short story collection). Awst Press, 2018.  

Harbors (essay collection). Awst Press, 2016.