Luke Whisnant

Title: Professor
Office: Erwin 113
Phone: 252.328.6783
E-Mail: whisnantl@ecu.edu


Luke Whisnant, a two-time recipient of the department's Bertie Fearing Excellence in Teaching Award, is the author of Down in the Flood (stories); Watching TV with the Red Chinese (novel); and two poetry chapbooks, Street and Above Floodstage. His fiction and poetry have appeared in many journals and magazines in the U.S., including Esquire, Arts & Letters, American Short Fiction, Poetry East, and others, and internationally in Frank (France), Revista Neo (Portugal), and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine (England). His work also appears in the anthologies Racing Home; This Is Where We Live: Stories by 25 Contemporary NC Writers; and Long Story Short: Flash Fiction by Sixty-Five of North Carolina's Finest Writers. Three of his stories have been reprinted in New Stories from the South:he Year's Best, and he has been included twice on The Best American Short Stories "Distinguished Story List." In 2011 his novel was made into an independent film. He has served on the staff of Tar River Poetry since 1985, becoming editor in 2006. He also works in advertising and marketing, writing brochure and website copy and feature stories; a project he did for The Publicus Community won an Addy Award in 2014. Whisnant joined the ECU English faculty in 1982.


B.A. East Carolina University
M.F.A. Washington University, St. Louis

Research Interests

Creative Writing
Modern & Contemporary American Literature
The Short Story

Courses Taught

ENGL 6880: Directed Readings In Creative Writing
ENGL 6870: Literature from the Writer's Perspective
ENGL 6865: Special Topics Seminar in Creative Writing
ENGL 5860: Advanced Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 5850: Advanced Fiction Writing
ENGL 5280: Twentieth Century Poetry
ENGL 5260: The Novel Since 1945
ENGL 4510: Directed Readings
ENGL 4300: Recent British & American Writers
ENGL 3880: Writing for Business & Industry
ENGL 3860: Introduction to Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 3850: Introduction to Fiction Writing
ENGL 3840: Introduction to Poetry Writing
ENGL 3420: The Short Story
ENGL 3410: Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 2815: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 2201: Writing about the Disciplines 
ENGL 2200: Major American Writers
ENGL 2000: Interpreting Literature
ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing
ENGL 1000: Appreciating Literature

Selected Publications and Presentations

Above Floodstage: A Narrative Poem. Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line P, 2014.

Street. Portlandville NY: MAF Pr, 1991.

Down in the Flood. Knoxville: Iris P, 2006.

Watching TV with the Red Chinese. Chapel Hill: Algonquin, 1992.

"How To Build A House." New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2006. Chapel Hill: Algonquin, 2006.

"Across from the Motoheads." This Is Where We Live: Short Stories by 25 Contemporary North Carolina Writers. Chapel Hill: UNC P, 2000.)

"Connor's Story." Racing Home: New Stories by Award-Winning North Carolina Writers. Durham: Paper Journey, 2001.

Trailer for Watching TV with the Red Chinese

Website Links

Graduate Creative Writing Program
Personal Site & Writing Samples
Creative Writing Student Anthologies