April Lindner, Ph.D.

Office: Merion Hall 134
Phone: (610) 660-1882
Email: alindner@sju.edu


  • B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1984
  • M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1989
  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1998

Professional Experience

General Fields of Professional Interest

creative writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction)
Contemporary American poetry
20th century American fiction
women writers

Pedagogical Style

I use a combination of discussion, colaborative work, peer editing workshops (both class-wide and small group), invention exercises (in writing classes) and mini-lectures when necessary. I'm a strong believer in the writing workshop. By serving as each other's editors and trusted readers, student writers can become better critics of their own writing. Over the course of a semester, I like to work toward a decentralized classroom, providing a great deal of guidance at the start and gradually stepping back so that students are running more of the show.

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 342 Fiction Writing: The Young Adult Novel
  • English 2201: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • English 2211: Poetry Workshop
  • English 4335: Poetry Workshop (graduate level)
  • English 4105: Poetry Today (graduate level)
  • ENGL 446: Advanced Writing Project 



Jane. New York: Poppy (Little, Brown), 2010.

Skin. Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Press, 2002. Winner of 2001 Walt McDonald First Book Poetry Prize.

Catherine . New York: Poppy (Little, Brown), 2013.

This Bed Our Bodies Shaped : Poems . San Jose: Able Muse Press, 2012.


"Life Study," "Female Western Lowland Gorilla," and "Presents for Girls." Mezzo Cammin 2.2 (2008):

"Eleven" and "Dimenticato." Measure II (2007)

"A Flash, A Lightning Bolt, A Random Blip."MiPoesias 20.2 (2006). 31 May 2006.

"Alchemy," "Widow's Walk," and "Three at Low Tide." The Hudson Review 58.2 (2005)

"She." The Formalist 15.2 (2004)

"Still Life," "Dog Bite," "Nameless," and "Starting Over." Prairie Schooner 77.4 (2003)

"Learning to Float." Verse Daily 10 August 2003. 7 January 2004 .

Anthologies and Textbooks

"Low Tide." Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, 10th Edition. Ed. X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia,. New York: Longman, 2006.

"Dog Bite." Three Genres: Writing Fiction/Literary Nonfiction, Poetry and Drama. Stephen Minot, ed. 8th Edition. New York: Prentice Hall, 2006.

"First Kiss." Poetry: A Pocket Reader. Ed. R. S. Gwynn. 5th Edition. New York: Longman/Penguin Academics, 2004.

"Girl." Western Wind. Ed. John Frederick Nims and David Mason. 5th Edition. New York: McGraw Hill, 2005.

"First Kiss." Good Poems. Ed. Garrison Keillor. New York: Viking Penguin, 2002.

Selected Editorial Projects:

Contemporary Poetry of the United States. Ed. April Lindner. Moscow: OGI Press, 2007. A bilingual anthology in Russian and English.

Lineas Conectadas: Poesia Nueva de los Estados Unidos. Ed. April Lindner. Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books, 2006. A bilingual anthology in Spanish and English.

Contemporary American Poetry. Ed. R. S. Gwynn and April Lindner. New York: Longman/Penguin Academics, 2004.