Meet our Faculty: Dr. Meagan Cass

Meagan CassDr. Meagan Cass

Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. English, University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Phone: (217) 206-8358
Office: UHB 3073

Teaching Concentration: Creative Writing (with an emphasis in fiction and hybrid genres); contemporary American literature; composition; women’s literature and feminist theory; print and online literary publishing

Courses Taught: Introduction to Creative Writing, Short Fiction Writing, Linked Story Collections, Writing the Fantastic, Flash Fiction, Independent Publishing and Creative Writing Community



  • Selected for the SmokeLong Quarterly’s 10th anniversary “best of” print anthology, Matter Press


  • Selected by Dan Chaon for the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions of the Year

Selected Publications:

  • “The Parents’ Guide to Ultrasport Children.” Washington Square Review, Spring 2015.
  • “ActivAmerica.” Bluestem, Spring 2015.
  • “The All-Mutant Soccer Team.” Joyland Magazine, Fall 2014.
  • “American’s Home Video’s Episode 25,857: Helicopter Dad.” DIAGRAM, Issue 14.3, Summer 2014.
  • “Interview with the Ghost of Jaws’ First Victim.” Mojo, January 2014.
  • “Portrait of My Father as Foosball Man, 1975-2012.” Corium Magazine, Winter 2013.
  • “Greyhound.” NO… Journal, Vol. 14, Winter 2013.
  • “The Hawthorne Dynasty.” PANK Issue 8 (print), Winter 2013.
  • “Olympic Visitation: How Mary Lou Retton Took Over Our Lives in the Summer of 1994.” Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature, Fall 2012.
  • “Ping-Pong, 12 Loring Place.” Hobart Web, Spring 2012.
  • “Love Song For Ellipticals After Divorce.” Stymie: a Journal of Sport and Literature: The Feminine Perspective Issue, Spring/Summer 2012.
  • “Jews in Sports.” Grist: A Journal for Writers, Spring 2012.
  • “Egg Toss, August 1989.” SmokeLong Quarterly, Fall 2011.
  • “Calling All Soloflex Men.” The Pinch, Fall 2011.
  • “Two Girls at Play.” Hayden’s Ferry Review, Spring 2011.

Meagan Cass is the author of Range of Motion (Magic Helicopter Press, 2014). Her stories have recently appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch, Puerto del Sol, and DIAGRAM, among other journals. She curates the Shelterbelt Reading Series and edits Shelterbelt books with Dr. Adam Clay. She also serves as fiction editor for the Best of the Net Anthology and as assistant fiction editor for Sundress Publications. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. She loves teaching because she gets to learn new things about writing, publishing, and literature from her students every semester.