Catina Bacote

Assistant Professor
English
M.F.A., 2014, The University of Iowa, Nonfiction WritingM.A., 1997, Columbia University, English EducationB.A., 1994 Wesleyan University, Sociology, African-American Studies

Catina Bacote joined the faculty at St. John’s in the fall of 2018. She specializes in creative nonfiction and her work draws on personal story and social history. Her current research investigates the consequences of economic oppression and residential segregation, and her book project chronicles the lasting impact of the illegal drug trade on her family and community. Her essays have been published in PloughsharesTin Housethe Gettysburg ReviewTriQuarterlyThe CommonThe Sun, the Southern California Review, and the anthology This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home (Seal Press, 2017). She has been a Writer-in-Residence at the MacDowell Colony where she received the Ann Cox Chambers Long-form Journalism Fellowship, the Ragdale Foundation where she received the Alice Judson Hayes Social Justice Fellowship, Hedgebrook, Headlands Center for the Arts, The Millay Colony, Willapa Bay, and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Previous to working at St. Johns she taught creative writing and contemporary literature at The University of Iowa and Warren Wilson College.

“Up North,” December Magazine, Forthcoming Spring 2019

“The Other America.” Ploughshares online, February 2018

“We Carried Ourselves Like Villagers.” This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home anthology, (Seal Press, November 2017), edited by Margot Case Kahn and Kelly McMasters

“We Carried Ourselves Like Villagers.” Online reprint in Tin House, November 28, 2017

“Writing Into the World: Memoir, History and Private Life,” TriQuarterly, Issue 148, Summer/Fall 2015

“Hope,” The Gettysburg Review, Volume 27, Number 1, Spring 2014

“Fear,” The Southern California Review, Volume VII, 2014    

“In Court,” The Common online, October 2013

“Teaching Banished,” Facing History and Ourselves Publication, 2009

“Coming Back,” The Sun, Issue 369, September 2006

“Kickboxing, Self-Defense for Your Soul,” Heart & Soul, 2001

“The Ideal Man,” All the Man I Need: Black Women’s Loving Expressions On The Men They Desire anthology, (Gateway Publishers, 1999), edited by Anaezi Modu and Andrea       Walker

“The Artist and Her Angels,” Hearts of Glass Anthology (The National Library of Poetry, 1998), edited by Richard Schaub

“A Higher Being,” Trace: Transcultural Styles + Ideas, 1997

Presenter, “Out Of Our Time: Writing Dissent in Creative Nonfiction,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, March 2019

Moderator and Presenter, “‘Come Celebrate With Me’: Women of Color Writers and

Literary Lineage,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, March 2019

Invited Lecturer, “The Politics of the Personal Essay,” Narrative Arc: Shaping Your Story Course, GrubStreet, December 10, 2018

Presenter“Mapping and Remapping Nonfiction,” The Bedell Nonfiction Now Conference, November 2018

Reader, This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home, Flatiron Writers Room, April 29, 2018

Invited Lecturer, Reimaging Private and Public History Through Literary Nonfiction, Flatiron Writers Room Course, April 29, 2018

Reader, This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home, Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, March 2018

Moderator and Presenter, “From Thesis To Published Book,” Association of Writers and

Writing Programs Conference, March 2018

Invited Lecturer, “The Art of the Personal Essay,” M.F.A Writing Workshop, Virginia Commonwealth University, November 13, 2017

Presenter, “The Multi-Headed Beast: Challenging Genre in Creative Nonfiction,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, February 2017

Reader, Homecoming at Warren Wilson College, October 2016

Reader, Wesleyan Writers Conference, Faculty and Teaching Fellow Series, June 2016

Invited Lecturer, “The Art and Craft of Personal Narrative,” The Art of the Dispatch Course, University of North Carolina’s Great Smokies Writing Program, October 2016

Moderator and Presenter, “Women Writers Confront Violence and Its Aftermath,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, March 2016

Presenter, “Writing About Other(ed) Spaces,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, March 2016

Presenter, “Writers of Dissent,” The Bedell Nonfiction Now Conference, October 2015  

Reader, Warren Wilson College, New Faculty Series, September 2015

Presenter, “Writing into The World: Memoir, History and Private Life,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Spring 2015

Invited Lecturer, “The Art and Craft of Personal Narrative,” Advanced Writing in African American Autobiography and Biography, The University of Michigan, September 15, 2014

Reader, Speakeasy Nonfiction Series, The University of Iowa, April 2014, November 2012, October 2011

Presenter, “Social Justice and Art,” The University of Iowa Jakobsen Graduate Conference, March 2014

Reader, The Anthology Series, The University of Iowa, December 2013, May 2012

Panel Chair and Presenter, “Writers Transforming Moral and Ethical Concerns into Art,” The University of Iowa World Languages Conference, April 2013

Reader, New York State Summer Writer’s Institute Fellowship Series, July 2012

Presenter, “How Collaboration Changes Our Practice,” The Bedell Nonfiction Now Conference in Melbourne, Australia, November 2012

Featured Educator, “Tools for Schools.” Public Broadcasting Television, March 2002

Presenter, “Creating Personalized and Rigorous Schools.” The Institute for Research and Reform in Education, Tom Rivers, New Jersey, 1998-2000

Undergraduate:

Introduction to Creative Writing

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Literary Journalism

Literature in a Global Context: Place, Power, and Belonging

Graduate:

Writers of Witness