Professor of English
Writing Emphasis Coordinator
Ph.D., British and American Literature - Ball State
M.A., Engish - Lehman College of the City University of
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
Beat Meets East: An Anthology of an
International, Interdisciplinary Conference on the Age of Spontaneity.
Chengdu, China: Sichuan University Press, 2005.
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
2007 System Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities at the
2005 English Department Nominee for University Scholar Award
2004- City of Stevens Point Laureate
2002 Teacher/Scholar in Residence, College of Letters and Science