Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Philip Sorenson

Advanced Lecturer

  • Office Location: Loyola Hall 306
  • Phone Number: 773.508.3803
  • E-mail: psorenson@luc.edu


Teaching Philosophy:

As a composition instructor, I believe in several core practices: emphasizing the grammatical expectations of standard written English, introducing highly difficult but rhetorically powerful texts, and presenting a variety of writing genres and purposes. As a teacher of core literature courses, my goals are somewhat different: I attempt to excite student interest, to open students’ sense of what constitutes literature, and to push students into new critical postures. In both cases—composition and core literature—I believe my best practice coalesces around a desire to pass along big ideas and compelling texts.


  • BA, Beloit College (1999)
  • MFA, University of Washington (2004)

Program Areas

  • Contemporary American Poetry
  • Academic Writing

Research Interests

  • Contemporary World Literature
  • Experimental Literature
  • Composition
  • Poetry

Selected Publications


  • Solar Trauma (poetry, Rescue Press, 2017).
  • Of Embodies (poetry, Rescue Press, 2012).

Recent Publications:

  • from ​​Men's Fashions. The Stockholm Review of Literature (2015) .
  • from L O N E L Y T H I N G. Swine Magazine (2014).
  • from L O N E L Y T H I N G. Spolia (2014).
  • from L O N E L Y T H I N G. Ohio Edit (2014).
  • “Five Poems.” Deluge (2013).
  • from The Poems of Alfred de Musset. Pelt (2013).
  • from The Poems of Alfred de Musset. Spolia (2013).
  • from The Poems of Alfred de Musset. Horse Less Review (2013).
  • “The Waspmen in the Pines.” Verse Daily (2012).
  • “External of Time” and “External of Time II” and “[wings and skins]” and “Married Woman” and “[light grows].” Moria Poetry (2012).
  • “After Elagabalus.” Asymptote (2011).
  • “[then a mule dropped]” and “[known as Rome’s emperor Severen]” and “[oh varius]” and “[a gibbon].” Strange Machine (2011).