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Oscar Oswald



Brink 122

Mailing Address

English Department 
University of Idaho 
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102 
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Oscar has taught composition, creative writing, and world literature for more than ten years. Across these venues, he aims to demonstrate how writing may be built or broken down by highlighting the formal qualities of texts. Irredenta, his first book of poems, was published by Nightboat Books in 2021.

  • Ph.D., University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2019
  • MFA, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2012
  • BA, Gonzaga University, 2009

Oscar is a poet and teacher from the American southwest. He grew up in Santa Fe, NM, and has hopped around in Spokane, Portland, Las Vegas, and Moscow. His interests in poetry include modernist and postmodernist writers such as Mina Loy, Lorine Niedecker, and Erin Moure, as well as global literatures and in particular Eastern European and Latin American traditions. In 2013, Oscar visited the Slovenia poet Tomaz Salamun in Ljubljana, and he has recently developed an appreciation for poets in the Spanish Baroque style such as Luis de Góngora and Sor Juana de la Cruz. He spends his free time hiking and walking — always on his feet.

  • Pastoral Literature
  • Nature Writing
  • Comparative Literature
  • Experimental Poetics
  • Composition and Research

  • Irredenta (Nightboat Books, 2021)
  • Poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, Colorado Review, New England Review, Lana Turner Journal, Seneca Review, New American Writing, Denver Quarterly, and Blackbox Manifold, among other outlets.

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156


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