Leigh Ann Christain

Title: Assistant Professor of Composition and ESOL
Department: Liberal Studies
E-mail: christla@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: 208 Frisbie Hall
Office Phone: (518) 255-5712

Areas of Expertise: Creative Writing, Poetry, Postmodern Literature, Beat Literature, The Novels of Kurt Vonnegut, Composition, ESOL, The Beatles

Courses Taught:
ENGL 099 – Fundamentals of College Writing
ENGL 101 – Composition I
ESOL 130 – ENGL Speakers of Other Languages
ENGL 221 – Readings in Literature

About Leigh Ann:

Dr. Leigh Ann Christain is currently Assistant Professor of Composition and ESOL in the Liberal Studies Department of the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill. Her responsibilities include teaching Composition I, Fundamentals of College Writing, Readings in Literature, and English for Speakers of Other Languages. As co-advisor of the International Club, she creates opportunities for students to share cultural knowledge, helps to plan fundraising activities, and leads trips around the northeast. Additionally, Dr. Christain participates in English conversation sessions with international students in the Global Ambassador Network.

A passion for global education has led Dr. Christain to live and teach in Asia. After teaching for a year at an English academy for elementary school students in Seoul, South Korea, she taught in Nanjing, China for three years. She taught writing, literature, philosophy, critical thinking, and journalism courses at a dual-diploma granting global campus affiliated with Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Furthermore, she was active on campus by giving poetry readings, working in the writing center, and co-coordinating the American Culture Club. Her last semester at the university, she taught a course on the intersections of literature, intelligent technology, and ethics at the university’s honor college and helped to enhance cross-cultural understanding by teaching upperclass students who had never taken a college-level course from a native English speaker.

In addition to being actively involved in global education, Dr. Christain is a Pushcart nominee who has had poems published in such journals as Seneca Review, Arabesques Review, and The Lifted Brow, among others. She received the 2007 and 2008 Jerry Bradley Award for Creative Writing at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico; was the grand prize winner of ICON’s 2013 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest for her poem “The Sect which Pulls the Sinews: I’ve Seen You Handle Cocoons,” and was the first place winner of Phoebe’s 2013 Greg Grummer Poetry Award for her poem “Villagers Chop Them in Half, Thinking They Are Snakes” chosen by Pulitzer Prize finalist Dean Young.

Dr. Christain’s poetry writing has also created opportunities for her to travel to other countries and gain cultural insights. In 2011 she was awarded a John Woods Scholarship to attend Western Michigan University’s Prague Summer Program, and a poem she wrote there, “Sometime under Prague,” was published in The Chariton Review. Additionally, Dr. Christain traveled to Melbourne, Australia in 2009 and read poetry at the Melbourne Poets Union reading, Polyester Books, and Arthouse. She also had the opportunity to read poetry and be interviewed on Aural Text, 102.7 FM Triple R Melbourne Independent Radio.

An English BA and Philosophy & Religion BA graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, Dr. Christain earned an MA and PhD in English (with a Creative Writing concentration) from the University of South Dakota. While at USD, she was a three-year recipient of the Gladys Hasse Poetry Award and a two-year recipient of the English Department Memorial Scholarship. She also was an English teaching assistant (with full teaching and instructor-of-record responsibilities), teaching classes such as Freshmen Composition, Advanced Composition, Creative Writing, Introduction to Literature, and an honors course on truth, fantasy, and perception. She continues to teach poetry classes for gifted junior high and high school students at a summer camp at the university.

A special needs camp counselor, Dr. Christain enjoys volunteering at Circle of Friends Wesley Acres Camp in Daisy, North Dakota.

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Sample Publications:

“Villagers Chop Them in Half, Thinking They Are Snakes,” Phoebe. 42.2. 2013.

“The Sect which Pulls the Sinews: I’ve Seen You Handle Cocoons,” ICON. Spring 2013.

“Pretending to Go and Come from Heaven by Fire.” Wag’s Revue 13 (2012). 2013.

“Puteum Abyssi: Till I Get to the Bottom and I See You Again” Oxford Poetry. 14.2 (2012)

“A Maple Gets Red.” The Chariton Review 35.2 (2012).

“Sometime Under Prague” The Chariton Review. 35.2 (2012).

“The White House Tapes” The Lifted Brow. January 17, 2012.

—The Lifted Brow Ebook 1. Ed. Sam Cooney. Melbourne: The Lifted Brow, 2012.

“Orbs Whose Collective Sum Signifies My Age.” The Spoon River Review. Issue 36.1 Winter/Spring 2011

“Thorns to Rescue Their Bodies.” Arsenic Lobster. Issue Twenty-four, Winter 2010

“MK-Ultra 2 (Montauk): Return Me to Houyhnhnms.” Arsenic Lobster. Issue Twenty-four, Winter 2010

—Arsenic Lobster 2011 Anthology

“Jokes about Nepalese Villages Mostly Involve Goats.” Tea Party Magazine. 18 (2009)

“This Is a Robbery.” Big Bridge. WAR PAPERS: POETRY 3; Eating Chocolate Ice Cream: Reading Mayakovsky. August 5, 2009.

“We Do This to Simulate the Function of Digestion.” Seneca Review 38.2 (2008)

“Inside a Hand Basket in the Burlesque Theater.” Bombay Gin 34.2 (2008)

“Wondering If I’m a Descendent of the Nephilim While Lying on a Merry-Go-Round at Prentis Park.” Beeswax Magazine 1. 4 (2007).

“Under John Wayne’s Hat.” The American Drivel Review 3.4 (2007)

—Arabesques Review 3.1 (2007).


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