Julia Bloch

Photo of Julia Bloch by Ryan Collerd.

Director, Creative Writing Program

(215) 898-1696

CPCW 207


Julia Bloch received a BA in political philosophy at Carleton College, an MFA in creative writing/poetry at Mills College, and an MA and PhD in English literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of three books of poetry: her book of prose poems, Letters to Kelly Clarkson, was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award; her second book of poetry, Valley Fever, appeared in April 2015; and her third book, The Sacramento of Desire, was published by Sidebrow Books in 2020. Julia’s poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Journal of Modern Literature, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Women’s Studies Quarterly, How2, Mirage/Period(ical), Aufgabe, Five Fingers Review, New Review of Literature, and elsewhere; her poetry chapbooks include Hollywood Forever (Little Red Leaves Textile Series) and Like Fur (Essay Press). She is coeditor of the international poetics journal Jacket2. She has previously worked as assistant professor of literature at the Bard College MAT Program in Delano, California, and as associate director of the Kelly Writers House. She is now director of the Creative Writing Program at Penn. She has received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty and has also been awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts

Julia’s scholarship combines poetics with studies in race, gender, and sexuality to show how poetic forms can dislodge received notions of identity and sociality and imagine new forms of being. Her current scholarly book in progress investigates generic concordance and contention in the innovative North American long poem, looking at issues of race, gender, ideology, and the place of the lyric in subject formation. A second scholarly book project draws on queer theory to argue that performative and procedural poetry stages an argument about reproductive time.

Julia teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in poetry and poetics, literary studies, and a number of creative writing topics, including poetry, fiction, memoir, journalism, and editing. Since 2015 Julia has served as Director of the Creative Writing Program.

Photo by Ryan Collerd.

Office Hours
By appointment, Monday through Thursday
Courses Taught

English 010.601 Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry
English 010.303 Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry and Memoir
English 010.304 Introduction to New Media
English 113.301 Poetry Writing Workshop
English 126.301 Art of Editing
English 435.640 Writing Through Music


The Boundaries of Form in Fiction and Poetry

Kelly Writers House Fellows Seminar

Writing Philadelphia

Poetics: Lyric Theory

Turning on the Word: Post-1960 US Literature

Mashups and Remixes

Word on Fire: Gender, Sexuality, Lyric