Jennie Case, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Creative Writing

Thompson Hall 324


Ph.D., English: Creative Writing, Binghamton University

M.A., English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

B.A., English Writing and Spanish, Winona State University


Teaching Specialties:

Creative Writing, especially Creative Nonfiction, Environmental and Place-Based Writing, Editing and Publishing, Professional Writing, and First-Year Composition.



Jennifer Case grew up along the river valleys of Minnesota, in a family that took weekend backpacking trips on Lake Superior’s Superior Hiking Trail. The North Shore’s red rock, pine, and lichen have continued to resonate with her even after moving to Nebraska, where she earned a Master’s degree in poetry, and upstate New York, where her doctoral work focused on creative nonfiction, environmental writing, and place-based composition. As a writer, teacher, and scholar, she is interested in the ways the landscapes and environments around us—whether urban or rural, natural or human-made—influence who we are in the world, as well as the effects of writing and story on place-attachment.


Jennifer is the author of Sawbill: A Search for Place (University of New Mexico Press, 2018). Her essays, poetry, and prose have appeared widely in journals such as Orion, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Zone 3, North American Review, Poet Lore, and Stone Canoe, which awarded her work the 2014 Allen and Nirelle Galson Prize in Fiction. In addition, she serves as the Assistant Nonfiction Editor of A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments. She lives with her family in central Arkansas and enjoys cooking, composting, gardening, hiking, and yoga.