Billy Howell

Billy Howell

Billy Howell

Associate Professor

Fiction, Memoir, Political Theory, Psychoanalysis

Billy Howell teaches composition and advanced composition. He received his M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of New Mexico in 2007 and his Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University in 2015. He is the author of numerous short stories and personal essays. His essay "How to Leave Your Mother" was a notable mention in the 2011 Best American Essays

Current Research

  • Essay: "Brave New Fictions: The Problem of Eugenics in Utopian Literature."
  • Novel in Progress
  • Short Fiction Collection in Progress
  • Essay: "Primitive Yellow: Spud Johnson and the Processes of Alterity"
  • Essay: "The Museum of Their Encounter: Accumulation and Heterochrony in Nightwood"
  • Essay: "The Tavern of Nothingness: A Close Reading of Mina Loy’s 'Three Moments in Paris'

Selected Publications

  • "Encroachment." Oklahoma Review 17.2 (2016).
  • "Fragile." Welter (2016).
  • "Remains." Rabbit Catastrophe Review 4 (2012).
  • "Everybody Has to Learn Sometime." Hazard Yet Forward (2012).
  • "How to Leave Your Mother." Florida Review 35.2 (2010).
  • "Rock Shelter." Lumina (2011).

Courses Taught

  • ENGH 101: Composition
  • ENGH 302: Advanced Composition


  • Ph.D., English, Oklahoma State University, 2015
  • M.F.A., Fiction, University of New Mexico, 2007
  • B.A., English, Oklahoma State University, 2002