Profile for William Barillas

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Specialty area(s)

American culture and literature; Midwestern culture and literature; Latino/Latina culture and literature; environmental literature; poetry and poetics; popular culture and music.

Current courses at UWL

ENG 110: College Writing

ENG 200: Literature and Human Experience

ENG 301: Foundations for Literary Studies

ENG 302: Intermediate Topics in Literature

ENG 305: Creative Writing

ENG 372: American Literature After 1900

ENG 382: Latino Literature in English


Ph.D. in English (American Studies), Michigan State University.

M.A. in English (Creative Writing), Michigan State University.

B.A. in English (Honors Program, Residential College), University of Michigan.

Teaching history

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Department of English; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Department of American Studies; Grand Valley State University, Department of English.

Research and publishing


The Midwestern Pastoral: Place and Landscape in Literature of the American Heartland. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2006.

Recently published articles include:

“‘Once More, the Round’: Theodore Roethke’s Last Word.” MidAmerica 43 (2016): 14-28.

Several long entries in Dictionary of Midwestern Literature Vol. 2: “Comic Strips and Books" (co-authored); “The House on Mango Street” (co-authored); “Latino/Latina Literature”; LGBTQ Literature”; “The Lost Son and Other Poems [by Theodore Roethke]”; “Missouri” (co-authored). Ed. Philip A. Greasley. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016; served on the editorial board of this reference book.

“Meter in Theodore Roethke’s ‘My Papa’s Waltz’.” Explicator 73.1 (2015): 9-12.

“‘Your Homeland Is Where You Live and Where You Work’: Challenging Midwestern Pastoral(ism) in Tomás Rivera’s . . . And the Earth Did Not Devour Him.” Midwestern Literature. Ed. Ronald Primeau. Ipwich, MA: Salem Press, 2013. 76-93.

“The First Order of Wonders: An Interview with Poet Ted Kooser.” The Bloomsbury Review 28.1 (January/February 2008): 11, 21.