Renee Soto

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Renee Soto, M.F.A.Associate Professor of Creative Writing

Contact Information

x5350rsoto@rwu.eduGHH 311

Areas of Expertise

CREATIVE WRITING: Poetry writing, editing, and literary publishing. Engaged pedagogy.


B.A. Mary Washington College M.F.A. University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Renee Soto has 15 years in the field of literary publishing, including serving as the Poetry Editor at The Greensboro Review, the Managing Editor at Southern Poetry Review, the Founding Editor/Editor of the RWU national literary journal roger, an art & literary magazine (2004-2011), and she is presently a Contributing Editor at Cave Wall. She was awarded an AWP Intro Journals Award for her poetry and also received the Academy of American Poets University Prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared in such journals as Crab Orchard Review, PostRoad, storySouth, The Cimarron Review, The Greensboro Review, and The Indiana Review.

Professor Soto’s teaching and research interests include contemporary American poetry, the pedagogy of the poetry “workshop,” literary publishing, linguistics & poetry, and ethnography & poetry. Students in her classes visit and study with poets and literary editors like Stuart Dischell, Lisa Jarnot, A. Van Jordan, Sarah Lindsay, Mark Nowack, Nathaniel Perry, Ann Townsend, Anne Waldman, and C. D. Wright. Prof. Soto has traveled with RWU students to the AWP Conference & Bookfair as Bookfair Exhibitors in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and Denver. RWU student-poets have seen their work published in national literary journals including Beloit Poetry Journal, Ellipsis, Prairie Margins, Santa Clara Review, The Albion Review, The Allegheny Review, The Believer, and The Susquehannah Review.