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Brandon Rushton

Adjunct Professor

Address: 22B Glebe Street, Room 204
Office Hours: Monday, Friday 11:00-11:50 and by appointment

Brandon Rushton’s poems appear in Denver Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, CutBank, Sonora Review, and Passages North among other journals. In 2016, he was the winner of both the Gulf Coast Prize and the Ninth Letter Award for Poetry. In 2017 he served as the Theodore Roethke Fellow at the Marshall Fredericks Museum and co-founded the poetry outfit, Oxidant | Engine. Born and raised in Michigan, he now lives and writes in Charleston, South Carolina and teaches writing at the College of Charleston.


M.F.A, Poetry, University of South Carolina

B.A, Creative Writing, History, Saginaw Valley State University



“What if There’s Something Out There.” Bennington Review. Forthcoming.

“Land Escape” and “Exploration of the Self as Unsustainable Environment.” Denver Quarterly. 2018.

Calisthenics.” Gulf Coast. 2017. (Reprinted at Verse Daily)

“Incident Ending in the Dissolution of a Time Traveler” and four other poems. Ninth Letter. 2017.

Archaeology” and “Exploration of the Self as Enflamed Ethologist.” Passages North. 2017.

Instructions for Stepping Out of Line at a Theme Park.” Southern Humanities Review. 2016.

Imitate Inanimate” and “Experiments in Abandonment.” The Journal. 2016.

Critical Essays

“Open House”: Prying and Potential in an Early Poem, A Field Guide to the Poetry of Theodore Roethke, Forthcoming.

The Epistolary Ambivalence: On Balance in Dustin Pearson’s Millennial Roost. Michigan Quarterly Review. Forthcoming.

“We Didn’t Want to Be Good to Each Other”: On Philip Schaefer’s Bad Summon. The Kenyon Review. 2018.