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Kyle Dargan Associate Professor Literature

Additional Positions at AU
Asst. Director of Creative Writing
MFA, Creative Writing, Indiana University
BA, English Language and Literature, The University of Virginia

Favorite Spot on Campus
Katzen Arts Center
Favorite Place in Washington DC
C & O Canal
Kyle Dargan is currently an Associate Professor of literature and Asst. Director of creative writing at American University, as well as the founder and editor of POST NO ILLS magazine. He also works as a Managing Editor for Janelle Monae's  creative company, Wondaland, and serves as the curator and moderator of the "Life of a Poet" series at The Hill Center in Washington, D.C.

Dargan is the author of the poetry collections Panzer Herz (Northwestern UP, 2023) and Anagnorisis (Northwestern UP, 2018), which was awarded the 2019 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and longlisted for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His four previous collections, Honest Engine (2015), Logorrhea Dementia (2010), Bouquet of Hungers (2007) and The Listening (2003)--were all published by the University of Georgia Press. For his work, he has received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. His books have also been finalists for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Eric Hoffer Awards Grand Prize. Dargan has partnered with the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities to produce poetry programming at the White House and Library of Congress. He's worked with and supports a number of youth writing organizations, such as 826DC, Writopia Lab, Young Writers Workshop and the Dodge Poetry high schools program.


Spring 2024

  • LIT-480 Senior Project in Literature

  • LIT-701 Advanced Poetry Workshop

Fall 2024

  • LIT-215 Writers in Print/Person

  • LIT-401 Creative Writing: Poetry