Ric Jahna received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. He is the author of the short story collection True Kin (Ohio State University Press, 2008), which won The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction. Before joining GMC he taught at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona, where he coordinated the creative writing program and the visiting author series. He was a 2014 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India. While at Central University of Jharkhand, he began India and Me, “an archival project that collects written narratives that reflect the hopes, concerns, challenges, and triumphs of young people in India today.”
Along with creative writing, his scholarly interests include American Literature, Literature of the American South, and Popular Culture Studies. In addition, he has taught composition in the college classroom for over fifteen years and is happy he’s able to bring that experience into his classes in the ELA core.
Ph.D., English, University of Louisiana Lafayette
M.F.A, Creative Writing, University of Arizona
M.A., English, University of South Florida
B.A., English, University of South Florida
True Kin. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State UP, 2008. Print.
“Hurricane Party, 2002” South Carolina Review. 40.2 (2008). Print.
“First Night” SmokeLong Quarterly 15 June 2007. 31 October 2007
“Myrna on the Bus.” Gowanus Winter 2007. 31 October 2007
“Independence Day, 1983.” Mid-American Review 25.1 (2004) 238-53. Print.
“December 1979.” Green Hills Literary Lantern 12.1 (2001) 117-28. Print.
“Jigsaw.” The Weekly Planet. December 19-25 (1996) 25+. Print.
“For Evel.” Southwestern Review. (2010): 63. Print
“Array.” Colorado Crossing. (2011): 24. Print
“Hai Hum Saray Crazy Hai: Ideology in Contemporary Indian Television Commercials.” Media
Communiqué: NIU Journal of Media Studies, Noida International University, New Delhi,
India. Print. (forthcoming).
“State of the Redneck in the Early 21st Century: The Case of Jeff Foxworthy” Popular Culture
Review. 25.2 (2014): 4-21. Print.
“Reasons Why—One Year Later—You Still Live and Work at the Cactus Motor Lodge in
Tucson, Arizona.” Southwestern Review. (2012): 22-24.
“The Lurking ‘Other’ in Nadine Gordimer’s ‘Once Upon a Time.’” Theory Into Practice 2nd
Edition. Ann B. Dobie, ed. Boston: Thomson/Heinle, 2008. Print.
Book Review of Perspectives on Harry Crews in Studies in the Novel 36.1 (2004) 128-30. Print.
COURSES TAUGHT AT GMC:
S.L.A.T.E. Seminar (previously known as Images of Nature)
Voices of Community
Introduction to Creative Writing
The Graphic Novel