Dr. Nancy McCabe

Nancy McCabe
Dr. Nancy McCabe
Director of Writing Program
Professor of Writing

Division of Communication and the Arts

Contact Information:
Phone: 814-362-0785
Location: Swarts 102E

Degrees and Credentials

Ph.D. English, University of Nebraska 1995
M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Arkansas 1989
B.A. English, Wichita State University 1984

Academic Focus

Dr. McCabe's specialties include creative writing, 20th century women's literature, and 20th century American literature. She currently teaches courses in fiction, poetry, feature and memoir writing.

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications

Dr. McCabe has published three books of creative nonfiction: a collection of essays, After the Flashlight Man: A Memoir of Awakening (Purdue 2003) and two full-length memoirs, Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption (Missouri 2003) and Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to my Daughter's Birthplace in China (Missouri 2011.) Check out her new author's web site at

Her work has won a Pushcart Prize for memoir, been listed four times in the notable section of Best American Essays, and won two awards from Prairie Schooner.

Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Newsweek, Writer's Digest, Fourth Genre, Crazyhorse, Massachusetts Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others, and been reprinted in an English-language textbook in Germany. She has published reviews and critical articles in Studies in Popular Culture, American Literary Review, and Literary Potpourri. Her teacher's handbook, Making Poems: Writing Exercises for the Classroom was published in 1989 by Arkansas Writers in the Schools, a program she directed for two years in addition to working as a writer in the schools in South Carolina and Missouri.

She has taught creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry workshops for more than twenty-five years at six colleges and universities, and currently also teaches in the brief-residency MFA program in creative writing at Spalding University. At Pitt-Bradford, she received the Chairs' Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in teaching in 2005. She is also a recipient of a 2007 Individual Artist's Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.