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Kennedy-Oneill, Joy
Office Location:B-225
Dept:Communications & Fine Arts
Title:Faculty, English



Dr. Joy Kennedy-O'Neill

Assistant Professor of English

I grew up in Sweeny, Texas and began my studies here at Brazosport College.  I also studied in San Marcos, Texas; Canterbury, England; and Indiana, Pennsylvania. I have taught for Austin Community College and Texas Lutheran University.  Currently I teach English Composition I and II and Zombie Literature.



Ph.D Literature & Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A. English Literature, Texas State University
B.A. English, Texas State University



Ÿ New!  "Phase Change," a short story in Cats in Space. Paper Golem Press, 2015

"The Last Zombie Story," a short story in Daily Science Fiction Jan. 2015.

  Aftermath," a short story in Zombies: More Recent Dead by Prime Books.

Ÿ "Subsidance," a short story in The New Orleans Review  March, 2012.

Ÿ Out of the Earth: Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts. Cork University Press, 2010.  Foreword by John Elder.  

Ÿ To Everything on Earth: New Writings on Fate, Community, and Nature.  Texas Tech University Press, 2009.  Foreword by Bill McKibben.  Starred review in Publishers Weekly.

Ÿ The Sacred and Sublime: Caves in American Literature.  Dissertation.

Ÿ “What We Leave Behind.”  What Wildness is This: Women Write About the Southwest.  Foreword by Kathleen Dean Moore. University of Texas Press, 2007.   Winner of the 2008 WILLA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction.

Ÿ Tales from the Deep: Mammoth Cave & American Literature.”  Journal of Kentucky Studies, 2005.

Ÿ “The Edge of the World: Feminist Geography and Literature.”  Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, 2004.

Ÿ “‘Sympathy between man and nature’: J.M. Synge and Riders to the Sea  ISLE: Interdisciplinary  Studies in Literature and Environment, 2004.

Ÿ “Artistry of Hunger: Desire and Appetite in Desert Solitaire.” Western American Literature, 2004.

Ÿ “King Lear as the Green Man.” The Explicator, 2002.










 Awards & Honors

NISOD Teaching Excellence Award
Minnie Piper Professor Nominee
The Writers’ League of Texas Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction
The Charles Oliver Memorial Award for Fiction
The William E. Bard Book Award for Children’s Fiction
The Chuck Steinem Award for Leadership in a Texas Caving Organization


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