Steph Liberatore

Steph Liberatore

Steph Liberatore

Associate Professor

Creative Nonfiction, Writing Pedagogy, and Composition

Steph Liberatore is a writer and professor in the English Department, teaching creative writing, literature, and advanced composition for undergraduates. Her work has appeared in River Teeth, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Cream City Review, Inside Higher Ed, and elsewhere, and her columns regularly appeared in The Science Teacher, a peer-reviewed journal for educators.

Steph is also the founding editor of In Short: A Journal of Flash Nonfiction. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from George Mason University. 

Selected Publications

Liberatore, Steph. "Bug Girl(s)." Delmarva Review, vol. 16, 2023, pp. 154-155.

Liberatore, Steph. "Ever Since." Dorothy Parker's Ashes, 2 May 2023.

Liberatore, Steph. "Haunted." Sweet: A Literary Confection27 September 2022.

Liberatore, Steph. "Are We Doing It Wrong? Teaching Argument to College Students in a Polarized Nation." Inside Higher Ed, 31 August 2022.

Liberatore, Steph. “Ticking.” Beautiful Things (River Teeth), 29 November 2021.

Liberatore, Steph. “Fat Lip.” Cream City Review, vol. 44, no. 2, 2020, pp. 44–49.

Liberatore, Stephanie L. "Coronavirus Chronicles: Morning Adventures With My Children." Bethesda Magazine, 27 June 2020.

Liberatore, Stephanie L. "I'm a Teacher, But I Gave Up on Homeschooling My Kids." Scary Mommy, 13 May 2020.

Liberatore, Stephanie L. "How Being a New Professor is a Lot Like Being a New Mom." Inside Higher Ed, 20 January 2020.

Liberatore, Stephanie L. “Sixteen Reasons to Move to San Francisco, or Not.” EDGE, vol. 8, 2014, pp. 39–50.

Liberatore, Stephanie L. “Under My Father’s Tree.” Hot Metal Bridge, no. 23, 2013.

Grants and Fellowships

Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, December 2023

Term Faculty Study Leave, Fall 2023

Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, September 2021

Term Faculty Development Fund Grant, Spring 2020

Residency Grant, PostGraduate Writers Conference, Summer 2018

Term Faculty Development Fund Grant, Spring 2017

Mason 4-VA OER Grant, Fall 2016-Spring 2017

Term Faculty Development Fund Grant, Summer 2016

Residency Grant, The Vermont Studio Center, January 2014

Courses Taught

ENGH 486 RS: Senior Capstone - Writing Nonfiction for Publication

ENGH 486 RS: Senior Capstone - Writing Nonfiction for the Public

ENGH 399: Creative Nonfiction Writing 

ENGH 396: Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGH 302B: Advanced Composition (Business)

ENGH 302M: Advanced Composition (Multidisciplinary)

ENGH 202: Women & The Essay: Then and Now (Texts and Contexts)

ENGH 202: Memoir in the Age of Social Media (Texts and Contexts)

ENGH 201: Reading and Writing About Texts

ENGH 101: First-Year Composition


Recent Presentations

"DIY Your Lit Mag: Building a Literary Magazine From the Ground  Up." w/ A. Monson, N. Washington, D. Chan. Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference. Forthcoming.

“Writing the Investigative Memoir: Lessons Learned from the Writers Who Dunnit.” w/ K. Ali, R. Andersen, C. Rowe, J. Lee. Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference. Seattle, 2023.

“Writing Groups After College: How to Start and Keep a Group to Support Your Creative Writing.” Write On: Creative Writing After College Panel, Elizabethtown College, 2021.

“Alternatives to the Traditional Workshop.” Creative Writing Pedagogy Symposium, George Mason University, 2021.

"The Faculty Learning Community: Reigniting Faculty Learning through Peer-to-Peer Teaching and Institutional Collaboration" (w/ J. Matthews, L. Fernandez, J. Messier, L. Lister). Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2017.