Vanessa Ramos

Vanessa Ramos

Professional Details

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 35 Loring Ave-202
Phone: 978-542-2308

Professional Biography

My teaching philosophy can be summed up in two lines: "Yes, there will be glitter." - Oliver Bendorf and "The heart is what I imagine I give." - Roland Barthes.

My awards include a Dobie Paisano fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters and The University of Texas at Austin (2009), a Many Voices residency at the Playwrights’ Center (2006 – 2007) and a Loft Mentor Series Award in Nonfiction (2005 – 2006). 

I sometimes blog at

Professional Interests

Landscape and Memory, Folklore and Fairy Tales, Creative Writing Theory and Pedagogy, Digital Storytelling and Literacies, Native American Literature and Thought, Young Adult Literature and Literature for Children, Multicultural Pedagogy


I teach mixed genre creative writing classes, composition, special topics courses, poetry, memoir, and fiction to both undergraduate and graduate students. 

Personal Interests

A few of my favorite things: pho, the stars, Christmas lights, cowboy boots, handmade journals and colored pencils. 

This I believe: ‎"You must keep writing. It will keep you free." - Sandra Cisneros