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Justin Gardiner

Justin Gardiner

Associate Professor


Justin Gardiner

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9066 Haley Center

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday 10:30-11:30 am


MFA, Warren Wilson College

About Me

Justin Gardiner is the author of three books—the long-form lyric essay Small Altars, winner of a Faulkner-Wisdom Nonfiction Book Award and published by Tupelo Press in 2024; Beneath the Shadow: Legacy and Longing in the Antarctic, published as part of the Crux Literary Nonfiction Series by the University of Georgia Press; and the poetry collection Naming the Lifeboat from Main Street Rag. In 2012-2013, Justin served as the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Fellow, living for a year at an off-grid homestead in the middle of the Rogue River Wilderness. He is a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers, where he was awarded both the Larry Levis Post-Graduate Stipend and the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellowship. His essays and poems have appeared in journals that include The Missouri ReviewBlackbirdQuarterly WestZone 3, and Catamaran. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Auburn University and serves as the Nonfiction Editor of The Southern Humanities Review. His current writing project, By the Light You Find, is a collection of nature essays set in different National Parks and Wilderness Areas.

Research Interests

creative writing