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Bryanna Tidmarsh

PhD Student
Stevenson Hall - STV 414E
Office Hours
Online, By Appointment
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Bryanna Tidmarsh is a writer, editor, and educator currently pursuing her PhD in English Studies at Illinois State University. Originally from Minnesota, she earned an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers University—Newark and a BA in English and Writing Communications from Bellarmine University. Her current research centers on representations of activism in youth literature, and she has taught courses on children's/YA literature, fairy tales, Gothic literature, vampires, and English composition. Currently, she lives in Normal with her partner and adventurous 7-year-old child. Her poetry chapbook, FAKE MAGIC, is out from Press 254.

Teaching Interests & Areas

youth literature, social justice, activism

Research Interests & Areas

Queer theory, feminist ethics of care, activist rhetoric, children's and YA literature

Impact Award

Illinois State University

Taimi Maria Ranta Children’s and Young Adult Literature Scholarship

Illinois State University, English Department

Gary Burns Award

Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association

Diversity and Equity Teaching Award

Illinois State University, English Department

Joseph F. McCrindle Editorial Fellowship

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