Derek Updegraff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of English
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3081
Office Location: Faculty Quad, Room 6
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Derek Updegraff, Ph.D., writes in multiple genres of creative writing, having published widely in poetry, verse translation, flash fiction, and short stories. He is the author of the poetry collection Paintings That Look Like Things (2018) and the fiction collection The Butcher’s Tale and Other Stories (2016), both from Stephen F. Austin State University Press. He is also the author of three chapbooks and has been anthologized in Beside the City of Angels: An Anthology of Long Beach Poetry (World Parade Books, 2010). His poems and short stories have appeared in Bayou Magazine, The Carolina Quarterly, Christianity & Literature, The Classical Outlook, CutBank, The Greensboro Review, The Lyric, The Minnesota Review, Natural Bridge, North Dakota Quarterly, Raleigh Review, Rosebud, The Southampton Review, Tikkun, Yemassee, and other journals. His scholarly writing focuses on the Anglo-Saxon period, especially the poetic corpus and the alliterative writings of monk Ælfric of Eynsham. As a creative writer, linguist, and avid reader of British and American literature, he is fascinated by the developments of verse and prose forms throughout the history of the English language.


  • Ph.D., English: Medieval Literature and Poetry, University of Missouri
  • M.A., English Language and Linguistics, University of Missouri
  • MFA, Creative Writing, Fiction, California State University, Long Beach
  • B.A., English, California State University, Long Beach

Academic Areas

  • Writing Program
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Department of English


  • Fiction Writing
  • Linguistics
  • Medieval Literature
  • Poetic and Metrical Analysis
  • Poetry Writing
  • Translation Practice and Theory

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 302 – Creative Writing: Poetry

Office Hours

Mondays, 12:45-1:45 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:45-1:45 p.m.

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