William Lawlor

Professor of English
Writing Emphasis Coordinator

Education

Ph.D., British and American Literature - Ball State University
M.A., Engish - Lehman College of the City University of New York
B.A., Degree Title - Lehman College of the City University of New York

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Biography


William Lawlor is Professor of English and has taught at UWSP since 1978. In the past, in addition to courses in composition and creative writing, Lawlor has taught Fundamentals of Composition, a class in basic writing that included students working on English as a Second Language. Lawlor speaks Spanish and taught for a year at Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, the Dominican Republic. His translations of Caribbean poets, including the national poets of the Dominican Republic and Cuba, appear in his book Let's Go Down to the Beach (Duluth: Poetry Harbor, 1996).

Today, in addition to courses in composition, he teaches Introduction to the Study of Literature, Major Authors of Ethnic Literature (James Baldwin and Gwendolyn Brooks), British Literature, 1660-1790 (excluding drama), and The Lives and Literature of the Beat Generation. For reference texts and encyclopedias, he has written articles and composed bibliographies on James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs, the Beat Generation, John Locke, James Boswell, Samuel Pepys, and Alexander Pope. He is the author of The Beat Generation: A Bibliographical Teaching Guide (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1998) and is the editor of Beat Culture: Lifestyles, Icons, and Impact (Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2005). With Professor Wen Chu-an of Sichuan University, Lawlor is co-editor of Beat Meets East: An Anthology of an International, Interdisciplinary Conference on the Age of Spontaneity (Chengdu, China: Sichuan University Press, 2005). In 2008 William Lawlor received the Eugene Katz Letters and Science Distinguished Faculty Award.


Select Publications
Beat Meets East: An Anthology of an International, Interdisciplinary Conference on the Age of Spontaneity. Chengdu, China: Sichuan University Press, 2005.

Beat Culture: Lifestyles, Icons, and Impact. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2005.

The Beat Generation: A Bibliographical Teaching Guide. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1998.

Let's Go Down to the Beach: Poetry and Translations of Four Caribbean Poets. Duluth: Poetry Harbor, 1996.

Preparing for College English. Second edition. Minneapolis: Burgess Publishing Company/Alpha Editions, 1982.


Honors and Awards

2008 Eugene Katz Letters and Science Distinguished Faculty Award
2007 System Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison
2005 English Department Nominee for University Scholar Award
2004- City of Stevens Point Laureate
2006
2002 Teacher/Scholar in Residence, College of Letters and Science

Contact Info

Email:​ wlawlor@uwsp.edu
​Office: ​CCC 447
​Phone: ​715-346-4334
​Fax: ​715-346-4215
 

Course Info

​ENG 200
​Introduction to the Study of Literature
​ENG 253
​Introduction to Creative Writing
​ENG 323/523
​British Literature Before 1790, Excluding Drama
​ENG 376/576
​Lives and Literature of the Beat Generation
​ENG 382/582
​Ethnic Literature of the United States
​ENG 383/583 ​Themes in Literature
​ENG 385 ​Major Authors