Doug’s primary areas of interest are the essay (and creative non-fiction in general), poetry, and American literature. He has a BA from Cornell University (in history), and M.F.A. from Wichita State University (in creative writing—poetry), an M.A. and Ph.D. from KU. In 2007, he won the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for poetry. As both teacher and writer, Doug is particularly interested in the ways that the study of rhetoric can encompass both the study of literature and nonliterary writing to enrich one other our understanding of the creation and interpretation of texts of all kinds. In addition to 101 and 102, Doug teaches English 210 (Introduction to Poetry), along with English 203 (Introduction to the Essay), 355 (Nonfiction Writing I), and 360 (Workshop in Prose Style).