Whitney Jacobson

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Professional title

Assistant Professor


I believe that written and spoken word is powerful, and I hope to instill a respect and love for words in students. I think that given time, practice, and encouragement anyone can write well and find an appreciation for the skill. My current nonfiction writing projects focus on the skills, possessions, and beliefs previous generations do or do not impart on later generations as well as how loss affects later generations. I have enjoyed teaching at UMD since 2013. Outside of my work at the university, I help screen submissions for Split Rock Review and keep busy outdoors.  


MFA, Creative Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2013
BA, English Literature, Concordia College, 2010

Courses Taught

WRIT 3110: Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters
WRIT 3140: Advanced Writing: Human Services
WRIT 3100: Advanced Writing: Language and Literature
WRIT 1120:  College Writing
WRIT 1006: Journal and Memoir Writing

Research Interests

Themes of feminism, blue-collar work, Minnesotan culture, generations, grief, and what is passed on.


“Shoreline Review: Fluid States by Heidi Czerwiec.” Split Rock Review. July 2019

“Racking-up Signposts.” Punctuate. A Nonfiction Magazine. May 2019

“Death’s Mementos.” Feminine Collective. January 2019

“Shoreline Review: All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer by Karen Babine.” Split Rock Review. January 2019

“Cognition.” Likely Red Press. November 2018

“Dear Girl,” “For her,” “I am.” Voice of Eve. Issue 4. 2018

“Writer to Read: Kao Kalia Yang’s The Latehomecomer.” Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies—In the Classroom Blog Series. October 2018

“Ich bedauere...(I regret...).” the Same. Issue 13.4. 2018 *Poetry contest finalist

“Shoreline Review: The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl.” Split Rock Review. September 2018

“Postcards: Cabin Report.” Wanderlust-Journal. September 2018

“Deliquescing Firmament.” Co-written with Nayt Rundquist. Up North Lit. August 2018

“Shoreline Review: Sawbill: A Search for Place by Jennifer Case.” Split Rock Review. August 2018

“Old Souls.” DASH Literary Journal. Volume 11. 2018

“Vis Major.” Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal. Volume 1. 2018

“Car Tracks.” The Thunderbird Review. 6th edition. 2018

“Baby Bird,” “Brontide,” “Woebegone.” Up North Lit. February 2018

“Bird Pajamas,” “Headache, and a Papercut,” “Views II.” Red Weather Online. September 2017