Mildred Barya

Assistant Professor
218 Karpen Hall, CPO 2130

Office Hours

  • Tue: 

    • 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Thu: 

    • 3 - 5 p.m.

Through creative writing, literary criticism and philosophical works, I investigate how we read and interpret narratives across cultures, languages and disciplines. On the one hand, I am interested in the theories and practices that inform our judgments and establish/shape meaning. On the other hand, I explore how creative writing can interact with criticism to generate new forms and poetics without necessarily abandoning the old ones. Current focus in teaching and research include: Innovative/hybrid forms, Liminal Spaces, Poetry, Travel writing, The Ancient World, Trickster Hermeneutics, Fabulist Fiction, Science Fiction, Translations, International Literature, Mythology and Folklore.

In 2015, I joined the editorial staff at New American Press.  I also serve on the board of African Writers Trust and blog at


B.A., Makere University
M.F.A., Syracuse University
Ph.D., University of Denver

Recent Teaching

LANG 260: Introduction to Creative Writing

Recent Publications


Give Me Room to Move My Feet.

The Price of Memory after the Tsunami.

Men Love Chocolates But They Don't Say.


“City of Antelope” and “Piano Lessons” in Capitals: Poetry Anthology on Capital Cities of the World, forthcoming, Bloomsbury 2016.

“Ergonomics” in Truck.

“Ode to the Sheep” Prairie Schooner.

“The fire people” Poetry Quarterly Issue 23.

“Seen City” and “Unseen City” in Boda Boda Anthem and other Poems, Kampala Poetry Anthology, BN Publication.

“October,” “Going Home” and The Sink in Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, Vol 14, (2014) School of English, University of Leeds, p90-91.

“Stormy Heart” in A Thousand Voices Rising: An Anthology of Contemporary African
, Gilgal Media Arts, Kampala, (2014) p13-14.

“Resolution” in Feminist Challenges in the Information Age, Leske + Budrich, Opladen, Germany.

Short Stories

Black Stone published by Per Contra International Journal.

Bless the Broken Path Northeast Review.

“Land of my Bones,” published in Dreams, Miracles & Jazz anthology, Picador.

“Scars of Earth,” in The African Love Stories Anthology, Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd, UK.

“Effigy Child,” Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) UK, republished in Gifts of Harvest anthology, FEMRITE.

“Raindrops,” published in Words From A Granary, FEMRITE anthology.

Essays, Articles & Creative Non-fiction

“On Time, Place, and the Diaspora Writer.” Commonwealth Foundation.

“The Future of African Writing.” Pambazuka News Online.

“Reflections on the Significance of Africa Day.” African Writing Online.

“The Good Guest.” Published in World on the Move, BBC schools pack, UK.

“Africa Needs Her Promise.” CODESRIA, Senegal.

“Women’s Experience of War.” Republished in Caring Magazine, USA. First published by Women’s World of Literature and Publishing, USA.


2016 Sylt Foundation two-month International African Writer’s Residency Award, Germany.

Six-week summer seminars fellowship at Cornell University School of Criticism and Theory, Ithaca, NY, 2015.

Pan Africa Literary Forum Prize (PALF) for Fiction.

Writing Residence Fellowship, Per Sesh Writing Program, Popenguine, Senegal.