Dr. Katherine Zlabek

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Dr. Katherine ZlabekMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 239

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America

Teaching Assistant Professor


Katherine Zlabek earned her MFA from Western Michigan University and her PhD from the University of Cincinnati, where she was a Taft Dissertation Fellow and a recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award. Her story collection, When, winner of The Journal’s 2018 Non/Fiction Collection Prize, is available from The Ohio State University Press. Her stories and essays have appeared in Boulevard, The Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, and other journals. Ricochet Editions published her chapbook, Let the Rivers Clap Their Hands, in 2015.

Her writing is situated primarily in the Midwest and investigates working-class identity and spirituality; her scholarship is focused both in the History of the Novel and in 20th Century American Gothic Fiction. Her specializations provide a useful backdrop for conversations that are essential within a writing curriculum—conversations about the effects of lifestyle and the moral questions present in day-to-day life. She regards her students as writers and citizens. As she builds her courses, she considers, What will this class offer to a serious writer? And, How can this class positively affect an interested citizen? Each individual is bringing a diverse set of interests and goals into the classroom, and one of her aims is that students are able to establish a working concept of these goals. She views the classroom, and the writing workshop in particular, as a community that works together to advance each individual. 


  • BA, Augustana College
  • MFA, Western Michigan University
  • PhD, University of Cincinnati

Courses Taught

  • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • Crafting the Short Story


  • When, The Ohio State University Press. Winner of the Non/Fiction Collection Prize (2019)

  • Let the Rivers Clap Their Hands (chapbook), Ricochet Editions, USC Dornslife. (2015)

Additional Information

Office Hours

Spring 2024

  • MWF 8:45-9:45 (in person)
  • By appointment

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2024

  • 3241/101 MWF 11:00-11:50 Cudahy Hall 128
    • Crafting the Short Story
  • 3241/102 MWF 12:00-12:50 Cudahy Hall 128

    • Crafting the Short Story
  • 3241/103 MWF 2:00-2:50 Johnston Hall 338

    • Crafting the Short Story
  • 3245/101 MWF 10:00-10:50 Cudahy Hall 128
    • Creative Nonfiction

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