Andrew Osborn, Ph.D.

Andrew Osborn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English; Director of IPS-Literature Doctoral Program & Graduate Programs in English; Editor of The Wallace Stevens Journal

Phone: (972) 721-4087


Office: Braniff #314



Andrew Osborn received his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and his Ph.D. from UT-Austin. His research interests include poetic difficulty, formalism, and lyric theory. 

  • A.B., Harvard University
  • M.F.A., University of Iowa - Writers' Workshop
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Literary Tradition I (Iliad, Odyssey; Aeneid; Beowulf; Gawain)]
  • Literary Tradition II (Divine Comedy; Paradise Lost; Lyric )
  • Literary Tradition III (Fifth-century Athenian, Medieval, and Elizabethan drama)
  • Literary Tradition IV (Mansfield Park; Moby-Dick; Crime & Punishment; Go Down, Moses; short fiction)
  • Literary Study I: Lyric ("Junior Poet")
  • Literary Study II: Prose Fiction
  • Twentieth-Century Literature
  • Twentieth-Century Poetry by the Book
  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Creative Writing: Narrative Fiction
  • Lyric Theory
  • Modern Irish Poetry
  • Marilynne Robinson:  Novels & Essays of American Mindfulness
  • American Literature
  • Lyric Poetry and Theory
  • Literary Difficulty
  • Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Pragmatism and Ordinary Language Philosophy
  • The Sublime
  • Formalism
  • Creative Writing (Poetry)
  • “Stevens’s Soil: Intelligence, Conceptual Affordances, and the Genius Beyond.” The Wallace Stevens Journal, vol. 47, no. 2, 2023, pp. 164-194,
  • “John Keats (1795-1821 ce) & Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822 ce) at the Keats-Shelley House and the Cimitero Acattolico.” People and Places of the Roman Past: The Educated Traveler’s Guide, edited by Peter Hatlie, Arc Humanities, 2018, pp. 28-41.
  • “Likings, Likenings, and the Push of Reading.” Philological Review, vol. 40, no. 2, 2014, pp. 37-64.
  • “Difficulty.” The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, fourth edition, edited by Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman, Princeton UP, 2012, pp. 364-66.
  • “Like Animals, Like Love.” Review of The Lions, by Peter Campion, Never-Ending Birds, by David Baker, and Horse and Rider, by Melissa Range, Spoon River Poetry Review, vol. 35, no. 2,  2010, pp. 94-123.
  • “Habits of Thought, Inhabitings of Possibility: An Interview with John Koethe.” Southwest Review, vol. 92, no. 1, 2007, pp. 52-81.
  • “‘A Little Hard to See’: Wittgenstein, Stevens, and the Uses of Unclarity.” The Wallace Stevens Journal, vol. 28, no. 1, 2004, pp. 59-80.
  • “August Kleinzahler: Interview.” Verse, vol. 17, no. 2/3, and vol. 18, no. 1, 2001, pp. 165-90, reprinted in The Verse Book of Interviews: 27 Poets on Language, Craft & Culture, Verse, 2005, pp. 30-55.
  • Admit Impediment:  The Use of Difficulty in Twentieth-Century American Poetry. 2001. University of Texas at Austin, PhD dissertation, ProQuest 3008413.
  • “Skirmishes on the Border: The Evolution and Function of Paul Muldoon’s Fuzzy Rhyme.” Contemporary Literature, vol. 41, no. 2, 2000, pp. 323-58.


  • Plato’s Aviary. Aldrich, 2003.
  • Poems published in American Letters & Commentary, Bat City Review, Colorado Review, Columbia, Denver Quarterly, Erato, Fence, Graham House Review, Literary Imagination, Notre Dame Review, Ramify, Southwest Review (Morton Marr Poetry Prize for 2008), and Spoon River Poetry Review. Also: online through the Blanton Poetry Project and Verse Daily.
“Graceful Errors, Lyric Yields.” Keynote Address. Wyoming Catholic College. Lander, WY. Dec. 2017.
“Full Fadom.” Convocation Address. U of Dallas, Church of the Incarnation. May 2016.
“Likings, Likenings, and the Push of Reading.” Keynote Address. Arkansas Philological Association Meeting. Little Rock, AR. Oct. 2014.