Stephen F. Austin State University

Christine McDermott


Christine McDermott, Ph.D

Office Location: LAN 227


Ph.D. English, Purdue University, 2002

M.A. English (Creative Writing), Purdue University, 1994.

B.A. English, Western Illinois University, 1990

Research Interest:

Fairy Tales
British and American Literature in Transition (late 19th Century to early 20th Centry)
Creative Writing (poetry)
Contemporary American Literature


Dr. Butterworth-McDermott is an Associate Professor whose poetry collection Woods & Water, Wolves & Women includes poems nominated for a Rhysling Award and honorable mentioned in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (17th and 18th). According to poet Jeanne Marie Beaumont, the poems are "full of sassy tone, poignant new angles, wised-up attitudes, and probing psychology." She has also published a chapbook, Tales on Tales: Sestinas. Her poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, California Quarterly, Fourth River, Gulf Stream, RATTLE, Slipstream, Sliver of Stone and more. She is the poetry editor of SFA's nationally recognized literary magazine, REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, and the faculty advisor to the Creative Writing Program's undergraduate journal, HUMID. She also oversees the student organization Subplots: Friends of Creative Writers. Her academic work centers on fairy-tales and transatlantic Modernism, and has been published in American Transcendental Quarterly, Katherine Mansfield Studies, The Henry James Review, and the book Twice-Told Children's Tales (Routledge Press).