Assistant Professor of English
Education: M.F.A. Creative Writing (Fiction), 1996 University of Arkansas; M.A. English, Radford University; B.A. English, Concord University, 1991; B.S. Civil Engineering, Bluefield State College, 1987. Areas of interest and research include: Creative writing (especially fiction), composition, the contemporary American short story, American literature after the Civil War, and Bruce Springsteen.
Favorite class to teach:
Creative writing. It's always reaffirming to see a writer's work take a important step forward when he or she grasps a simple literary device: for example, the power of enjambment in a line of poetry or of a jump cut between scenes in a story. We can't teach them their subject matter or stories, but we can show them better ways to emphasize the significance of that subject matter or stories.
Check out Professor Stewart’s publications: The Way Things Always Happen Here, "Magicicada: Spring 2012" and "Green Light." His recently-finished novel Pax, 1960 is currently making the rounds among publishers, agents, and national novel contests.
Nearing a half decade at Carroll, I remain impressed with my students' diligence, intelligence and enthusiasm, and continue to find that my colleagues are accomplished, helpful, accommodating and fun. Seems like just yesterday that I started. Last spring, many of the first-year students who came in with me in 2010 have now graduated. I’ve enjoyed having some of them over and over, watching them grow creatively and intellectually. And more are on their way. Onward!