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Raymond Deeren

Assistant Professor

Languages & Literature

“Having been a First Generation student, I'm excited to mentor students who have taken on the unique challenge of being the first in their families to attend--and eventually graduate--college.” Raymond Deeren when asked "What do you look forward to in your interactions with APSU students?"
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2022)

M.F.A., Columbia College Chicago (2017)

B.A., Saginaw Valley State University (2012)
RS Deeren is an assistant professor in the Department of Languages & Literature. He writes about odd jobs that helped him, and others like him, pay the bills. Originally from the rural working-class Thumb Region of Michigan, his fiction focuses on how social class plays to and through aspects of American life such as race, gender, and sexuality. Dr. Deeren is part of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts where he is Fiction Editor for Zone 3 Press (APSU's internationally distributed literary magazine).
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • US Working-Class Studies
  • Rural/Urban Dynamics
Critical Work
  • "Fiction Friction: Teaching Chronic and Acute Conflict in Bonnie Jo Campbell's Short Fiction." MICHIGAN SALVAGE: APPROACHES TO THE FICTION OF BONNIE JO CAMPBELL (Forthcoming from Michigan State University Press)
Creative Work
  • RS Deeren's fiction has been published in Joyland Magazine, The Great Lakes Review, and anthologized in John Freeman's Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation.