Terri Witek

Terri Witek

Professor of English, Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing

I'm very interested in poetry as an international and inter/arts medium, and happy to teach in both the undergraduate Sullivan Creative Writing Program, which I direct in the English Department and in our MFA of the Americas graduate program.

  • PhD/MA, Vanderbilt University


Course Sampling

  • Poetry Workshop
  • Advanced Open Workshop
  • Poetry in the Expanded Field

Areas of Expertise

  • Poetry


Terri Witek is the author of 6 books of poems: The Rape Kit (2018) won the Slope Editions Prize judged by Dawn Lundy Martin; her previous books include two Florida book award medal winners. She directs Stetson's undergraduate creative program and with Cyriaco Lopes teaches Poetry in the Expanded Field in Stetson University's low-residency MFA of the Americas. Terri Witek's poetry often traces the breakages between words and images, and has been included in American Poetry Review, Lana Turner, Poetry, Slate, Poesia Visual, Versal, and many other journals and anthologies. She has collaborated with Brazilian visual artist Cyriaco Lopes (cyriacolopes.com) since 2005--their works together include museum and gallery shows, performance and site-specific projects featured internationally in Valencia, New York, Seoul, Miami, Lisbon, and Rio de Janeiro. Collaborations with new media artist Matt Roberts (mattroberts.com) use digital technologies to poetically map cities and have been featured in Manizales (Colombia), Glasgow, Vancouver, Lisbon, Miami, Santa Fe and Orlando. She is interested in cross-arts practices, which she teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


  • Poetry in the Expanded Field
  • Collaboration
  • Inter/Arts Practices


Poetry Books:

  • The Rape Kit winner of Slope Editions Prize (2017, published 2018)
  • Body Switch (Orchises Press Jan 2016)
  • Exit Island Orchises Pess, 2012 (Florida Book Award Medalist)
  • The Shipwreck Dress Orchises Press, 2008 (Florida Book Award Medalist)
  • Carnal World Story Line Press, 2006
  • Fools and Crows, Orchises Press, 2003.

Collaborations with Visual Artist Cyriaco Lopes:

  • 20 US Poets---a curated anthology selected by Witek with translations into Portuguese by Cyriaco Lopes for Poesia Visual, an art book from Oi, Futuro Museum, Rio de Janeiro ( June, 2018)
  • The Cosmogonists: performance at Museum of Contemporary Culture ( Valencia, Spain) 2019
  • Damnatio Memoriae, group show in Chosunilbo Museum ( Seoul. Korea) Dec 2017
  • Minotauros solo show at Oi, Futuro (Rio de Janeiro) May 2017
  • All Love is Stolen solo show in Chania, Crete, 2015,