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Paul Bergstraesser

Senior Lecturer for the Department of English
Hoyt 330,


Paul Bergstraesser began teaching at UW in 2007, and currently has a joint appointment in the English Department and the Creative Writing Program. He teaches numerous classes in creative writing and literature and is a stalwart in the Honors Program. Outside of teaching, Paul’s focus is on writing, especially fiction, and he enjoys spending time indoors and out with his wife and son.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

M.A.,  Northern Michigan University

B.A.,  Oberlin College

Recent and Upcoming Courses

Creative Writing: Fiction and Nonfiction
Introduction to Literature
First-Year Seminar: Travel Writing



2020   "Two Sisters Dancing," American Journal of Poetry

2020  "Ron Taco," Hole In The Head Review

2020  Three Poems, COVID LIT

2020  Five Poems, Fleas on the Dog

Short stories:

2015  "Flight 2418," Thin Air Magazine

2010    “The Proposition,” Stone’s Throw Magazine

2009    “Winter Bar,” The Portland Review

2006    “Today Is Home,” Other Voices #44

2004    “Humility,” The Barcelona Review

Selected Awards

2017 College of Arts and Sciences Top Ten Teacher Award

2015 Promoting Intellectual Engagement Award

2012 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (fiction)

2011 Excellence in Teaching Freshman Honors

2004 Chicago Bar Association’s Goodnow Memorial Award in Fiction

Contact Us

Creative Writing Program

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3269

Fax: 307-766-3189


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