Yelizaveta Renfro

Faculty Profiles

Yelizaveta Renfro

Yelizaveta Renfro

Assistant Professor
219 Spes Unica



PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MFA, George Mason University
BA, University of California, Riverside

Areas of Expertise 

  • Creative Writing
  • Fiction Writing
  • Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • Nature and Environmental Writing
  • Russian Literature and Comparative Literature

Research Interests 

  • American and British Modernism
  • Personal Essay and Memoir
  • Walt Whitman

Courses Recently Taught 

  • ENLT 109W: Language and Literature: Death and Dying
  • ENWR 202: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENWR 320: Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • ENWR 321: Fiction Workshop
  • ENLT 390: Topics in Literature: Walt Whitman & American Literature

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • “The Twentieth Bear,” A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments, fall 2019.
  • “One Thanksgiving in Maine,” The Fourth River, spring 2019.
  • “Betula,” Two Countries: US Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents: An Anthology of Flash Memoir, Personal Essays, and Poetry, ed. Tina Schumann, Red Hen Press, 2017.
  • “The View Through the Crack,” Creative Nonfiction, fall 2016; Places Journal, fall 2016 (
  • Xylotheque: Essays, University of New Mexico Press, 2014.
  • A Catalogue of Everything in the World, winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award, Black Lawrence Press, 2010.