Barbara Edelman


Barbara Edelman joined the department as an MFA candidate/TA in 1992 and retired as a teaching professor of English in 2022.



Developed the course Writing for Environmental Advocacy for the Public and Professional Writing Program and taught an adapted version this past spring for the Pitt Study Abroad program in Sydney, Australia.
Seminar in Composition, Engineering Composition, Written Professional Communication, Basic Writing, Writing Center Consultant


Co-designed and co-taught The Book as Art in collaboration with Barbara Weissberger, Studio Arts faculty.
Introduction to Poetry, Poetry Workshop, Readings in Contemporary Poetry, Introduction to Fiction, Introduction to Creative Writing


Introduction to Shakespeare, Reading Poetry, The Short Story in Context


Co-coordinated the Writers’ Café, University of Pittsburgh Writing Center

Coordinated the graduate & undergraduate Creative Writing Awards
Served on numerous departmental committees, including mentoring graduate students in teaching creative writing


CGS Student’s Choice Award for Teaching, 2012

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant in Poetry, 2000
Fellowships to The Hambidge Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center


Her poems and short prose have appeared in numerous journals, including Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Cimarron, Spillway, Rattle, & Arts & Letters.

Selected Links:

“Exoskeleton” & “Otsego Street” in Leon Literary Review, 2022
“Fireworks for the Whole of June” & “After Ray Carver via John Straley” in Appalachian Lit, 2022
“Assisted Living” in Pittsburgh Quarterly, 2017

“Do You Remember Barbara?” by Ellen McGrath Smith in The Fifth Floor


All the Hanging Wrenches, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2022
Dream of the Gone-From City, CMU Press, 2017
Exposure, Finishing Line Press, 2014
A Girl in Water, Parallel Press, 2002

PERSONAL WEBSITE   barbaraedelman1.wordpress

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