Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Writing Instructors

Don Hymans

Title/s:  Part-Time Faculty

Office #:  Crown Center 406

Phone: 83757



Don Hymans is an award-winning and published writer who has taught at the University of Iowa, DePaul University, Montclair State University, and Emerson College, among other places.  He has also worked in senior editorial positions in the book publishing industry, including at Houghton Mifflin Company, where he was in charge of the Mariner Books trade paperback list; Penguin Putnam Inc.; and The New York Review of Books, Inc.  He has also worked at the Lowenstein Associates Literary Agency and at the Poetry Society of America in New York.

Teaching Philosophy:

To recognize students as genuinely creative, formidable cultural critics and writers, and to prepare them to communicate and write effectively at the college level—but also to convey “truths” as well as their own ideas and opinions within the networks of competitive collaboration that exist beyond the classroom in the “real world.”  


M.F.A. (1994) University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop; B.A. (1992) Lafayette College.

Research Interests

Creative writing (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, book reviews).


Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition (finalist), National Poetry Series (finalist), Associated Writing Programs Award Series (runner-up), New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Literature, Academy of American Poets Prize, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses (nominations), Teaching-Writing-Fellowship (University of Iowa).

Selected Publications

American Literary Review, The Best American Poetry 1997, Black Warrior Review, The Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Dominion Review, Indiana Review, Northeast Corridor, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Verse, The Wittenberg Review.