Loyola University Chicago

Writing Program

Brian Mornar

Adjunct Instructor



Brian Mornar teaches the University Core Writing Seminar (UCWR) at Loyola and first-year writing, literature, and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago and at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development. In a PhD program at University at Buffalo (SUNY), he focused on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, with an emphasis on poetry and poetics.


  • BA, Beloit College
  • MFA, Saint Mary's College of California
  • MA, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • PhD (ABD), State University of New York at Buffalo

Research Interests

  • Twentieth-Century American Poetry and Poetics
  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Composition Pedagogy
  • Chicago Literature
  • Modernism
  • Objectivism (Lorine Niedecker, George Oppen)
  • Black Mountain Poetry (Charles Olson, Robert Duncan)
  • Black Arts and Literature
  • Native American Studies
  • Ecopoetics
  • Documentary Poetics
  • Poetics of Hip-Hop


  • Creative work published in: Omniverse (featured poet, Aug. 2013); American Letters and CommentaryCannot ExistUpstairs at DurocColumbia Poetry ReviewVOLTWith+StandP-QueueJacket2 (review).


  • Repatterning (Punch Press)


  • Three American Letters (Little Red Leaves)