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Seth B. Tucker

Teaching Associate Professor & Hennebach Program Director, Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

Seth TuckerSeth Tucker is an award-winning teacher originally from Lander, Wyoming.  He has led poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction workshops and literature classes for graduate and undergraduate students alike over a career spanning eleven years, and has taught at the Colorado School of Mines for over three years.  Seth is also an award-winning poet and fiction writer, and his first book won the 2011 Elixir Press Editor’s Poetry Prize (Mormon Boy, 2012), and was a finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Award.  His second book won the Gival Press Poetry Award (We Deserve the Gods We Ask For, 2014) and went on to win the Eric Hoffer Book Award in 2015.   Seth is also the founder and co-director of the Seaside Writers’ Conference (which takes place annually in May), and volunteers his time teaching veterans and veteran caretakers through the Wounded Warrior Project, and inmates through the prison literacy program, Words Beyond Bars. Seth has been an editor for a number of different literary journals, and is currently the Senior Prose Editor at the Tupelo Quarterly Review.

Recently, his fiction won the Bevel Summers Fiction Prize from Shenandoah, was a finalist for the Jeff Sharlet Award from the Iowa Review, and won the Flash Fiction Award from Literal Latte. Seth has served as a Carol Houck Smith Scholar in Poetry at Bread Loaf, and as the Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at Sewanee. His poetry and fiction are forthcoming or have appeared in Pleiades, Shenandoah, Verse Daily, Iowa Review, Apalachee Review, Chautauqua, Asheville Poetry Review, Indiana Review, Rosebud, North American Review, Witness, Connecticut Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among many other journals and anthologies.  Seth has worked as a wine sommelier, a ranch hand, and has degrees from San Francisco State University, Northern Arizona University, and from the top-ranked Creative Writing program at Florida State University (PhD English 2012). He was a paratrooper with the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, and served in the Persian Gulf War in another lifetime.

Seth teaches Nature and Human Values, and an assortment of creative writing and literature classes at CSM, and his recent academic publications have investigated the ethical power of narrative, the culture of food miles, and violence and the veteran experience back in the US.

Courses Taught

  • LAIS 100 Nature and Human Values
  • LAIS 300 Creative Writing: Intermediate Poetry Workshop
  • LAIS 400 Creative Writing:  Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • LAIS 301 Creative Writing:  Intermediate Fiction Workshop
  • LAIS 401 Creative Writing:  Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • LAIS 407 Science and Literature

Planned Courses

  • LAIS 412 Literature and the Environment
  • LAIS 406 Literature of War and Remembrance
  • LAIS 382 Creative Writing:  Creative Nonfiction and Personal Narratives
  • LAIS 390 Ore-diggers: Literature of Mining and Drilling
  • LAIS 306 American Literature:  Modernism to Contemporary Authors

Selected Recent Publications


  • 2014   We Deserve The Gods We Ask For.  Gival Press. Poetry.  Alexandria, VA. October 6, 2014. 98 pages.
  • 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Award, Winner
  • 2015 London Book Festival, Runner-up
  • 2015 Florida Book Festival, Runner-up
  • 2014 Gival Press Poetry Prize Winner
  • 2012  Mormon Boy. Elixir Press. Poetry.  Denver, Colorado.  April 18, 2012. 72 pages.
  • 2013 Colorado Book Award Finalist
  • 2011 Elixir Press Editor’s Prize Winner


  • The Inquisitive Eater,” The New School (NY), “Chicken and Dumplings,” “Measures,” and “Beef, Dehydrated.”
  • War, Literature, and the Arts, “Cherry’s Last Jump,” “What Would My Heroes Be Doing,” “Supply Tent,” “Cold is Cold Everywhere.”
  • Southern Humanities Review, “Memphis.”  Volume 48, Number 4, and featured online: http://www.southernhumanitiesreview.com/memphis-by-seth-brady-tucker.html
  • Chautauqua,  “Spam,” Volume 12.


  • Best Small Fictions 2015, Queens Ferry Press.  “Wimbledon.”
  • Pleiades. Volume 34, Issue 2, Print, and included in online feature,  https://www.ucmo.edu/pleiades/news/tucker.html  “Wimbledon.”
  • Driftless Review, Spring, Issue 3. “The Piggly Wiggly.”
  • Literal Latte, Spring, Issue 30. “How to Be a Cowboy.”
  • Shenandoah, Vol. 67, No. 1, Fall.  “Jigsaw.”

Recent Scholarly Articles

  • Essay.  Pleiades.  Special Edition on Morality.  “Our Old and Terrible Lies:  Morality and the Moral Story, and How to Teach Them.”
  • Book Review:  Mao/Picasso by Campbell McGrath.

Recent Presentations/Panels

  • Panel, “Behind the Curtain: Founding and Running a Small Writers’ Conference,”  Associated Writers’ Conference, Los Angeles, CA.  April 2016.
  • Panel, “Let Us (Not) Teach You a Lesson: A Pleiades Writers’ Symposium on Moral Fiction,” Associated Writers’ Conference, Minneapolis, MN.  February 2015.
  • BookTalk at the BookBar, Lecture, “A Confederacy of Dunces, and What Ignacious J. Reilly Means to the Literary Hero.”
  • Panel, “Lit Magazines to Launch Careers,” with Lynn Wagner, Amanda Rea, and Jenny Shank.  Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop, Litfest.
  • The Story of a Book 5.0, Panel and Reading, Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop.
  • Keynote Address, Seaside Writers’ Conference Inaugural Gala.
  • Fiction Guest Lecturer, Writers Studio Literary Festival, Arapahoe Community College.
  • Gallery Showing/Panel, Art Students League of Denver, “Write, I See.”
  • Panel Presentation and Moderation: “The Books That Taught Us to Write.” Lighthouse.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) Lecture:  “Big ‘T’ Truth in Poetry and Fiction.”  This was a lecture for Jennifer Orth-Vellion’s “Fiction and Veteran Experience Writing” class.


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