Val Pexton

Senior Lecturer for the Department of English

Hoyt 333,


Val Pexton joined the English department in 2001. She teaches a wide range of courses, including First-Year Seminar: Zombies; Literature, Media, and Culture; Literary Genres: The Short Story; Intro to Creative Writing, and Intro to Fiction Writing.


MFA, Creative Writing, Univ. of Wyoming,
MA, English, Univ. of Wyoming
BA, Studio Art, Humboldt State Univ.

Recent and Upcoming Courses

First-Year Seminar: Zombies
Literature, Media, and Culture
Writing in Popular Genres: The Dystopian Story

Selected Presentations/Publications/Awards

Conference Presentations:

“The Evolution of the Zombie: From Groaning and Shuffling to Solving Crime.” PCA/ACA Conference. 2017

“Braaiins: Zombies in the Classroom and on Campus.” SW/PCA Pop Culture Conference, 2016


Moss-Man.” Nano Fiction October 2015 (9:1) Print

“Clean Break.” The Bangalore Review. May 2015 Web

“Collectors” Drunk Monkeys. April 2015 Web

“waste.” Dec, 2011. Web

“Riding the Fences.” Copper Nickel: A Journal of Art and Literature. 2008

“Action/Reaction.” Owen Wister Review, 2006

“Burial.” Owen Wister Review, 1998


2016 Honorable Mention in Fiction, Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship

2015 Honorable Mention, Short Fiction Contest, Glimmertrain

2009 Wyoming Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowship

Fred Slater Teaching Award, 2006

The Cap and Gown Chapter of Mortar Board’s Top Prof, 2006

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