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Bob Watts Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University

Bob Watts

Associate Professor

0035 - Drown Hall

PhD, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2003

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Research Areas

Additional Interests

  • Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction


Bob Watts has a Creative Writing MA from North Carolina State University (1990) and a Creative Writing PhD in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia (2003).  His first collection of poems, Past Providence (David Robert Books, February 2005), won the 2004 Stanzas Prize from David Robert Books, and his work has been published in Poetry, The Paris Review, Great River Review and reDivider, among other journals. 

Selected Publications


Past Providence, David Robert Books, 2005.


“An Environment for Creative Living,” Raleigh Review Volume 11.1 Spring 2021

“She Brings Me Gifts” and “Winter Coming to Bethlehem,” Bellingham Review Issue 69

“The Tendency of Bodies to Remain at Rest,” Great River Review Spring/Summer 2014

“Taking My Daughter Who Was Not Born To See Her Grandfather Who Is Already Dead,” RHINO Poetry 2012

“The Idea of Landscape,” Poetry April 2004

“The Light at Hinkson Creek,” and “A Poly-Grecian Urn: Wal-Mart, Easter Weekend, 1998,” The Paris Review Summer 2003


ENGL 142 Introduction to Writing Poetry
ENGL 170 Amaranth
ENGL 342 Advanced Poetry Writing