Gary Ettari

Associate Professor
237 Karpen Hall, CPO 2130

Office Hours

  • Mon: 

    • 11:00 a.m. - noon
  • Wed: 

    • 11:00 a.m. - noon
  • Fri: 

    • 11:00 a.m. - noon
Other times by appointment.

As someone who was trained as both a creative writer and a Renaissance scholar, I feel privileged to work at a place like UNC Asheville where I am able to teach creative writing, Intro to Poetry, the Renaissance to Enlightenment survey course (LIT 322) and the Shakespeare senior seminar (LIT 485). I also enjoy teaching in the Humanities program (214, mostly) and in the Honors program.

My other academic interests include the interesting collision between anatomical and aesthetic theory in the Renaissance and the scholarship of teaching. I love working here at UNC Asheville with so many brilliant and kind colleagues and wonderful students. Students who take my classes should be prepared to write a lot, to read closely and carefully, and to hear me effuse about Jacobean revenge tragedies and Bruce Springsteen.


B.A., Brigham Young University
M.F.A., University of Washington
Ph.D., University of Washington

Courses Taught

LANG 120: Foundations of Academic Writing
LIT 241: Introduction to Poetry
LIT 322: Western Literature: Renaissance to Enlightenment
HUM 214: Medieval & Renaissance World

Recent Publications

"Reading (and) the Profession" (co-authored with Heather Easterling) in Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism and Pedagogy, no. 47 (Fall 2002)

"'That Mirrour Faire': Samuel Daniel and the Collapse of the Subject," Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 23, 2005

"Midnight at the Writer's Get-Acquainted Party", Concho River Review, Fall 2006

"Rehearsal: Archibald Mcleish's JB", North Carolina Literary Review, Fall 2006

I was first runner-up in the Jarrell chapbook contest held by the North Carolina Writer's Network and they put the top three poets on their website. If anyone wants to see a bad picture of me and a few of my hopefully better-looking poems, they can check it out here.