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Teaching Assistant Professor / Director of Creative Writing

  • 2008, MFA in Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College
  • 1997, AB in English and Secondary Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Ross White is the author of Charm Offensive, winner of the 2019 Sexton Prize, and three chapbooks: How We Came Upon the ColonyThe Polite Society, and Valley of Want. His manuscript in progress, Guilt Ledger, was selected by Edward Hirsch to receive the Larry Levis Post-Graduate Stipend from Warren Wilson College, where he earned his MFA in Creative Writing. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, New England Review, PloughsharesPoetry DailyTin House, and The Southern Review, among others. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conferences in Vermont and Sicily.

He is the Executive Director of Bull City Press, a Durham-based literary press focusing on chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and does graphic design. He has served as editor of Four Way Review, a foundation board member of Beloit Poetry Journal, an instructor at The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, and an instructor at various comedy theaters. He is the host of two podcasts, The Chapbook and Trivia Escape Pod.

Prior to coming to UNC, he served as Dean of Distance Education and Director of Distance Education at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Associate Director of LEARN NC, and the Executive Director of the North Carolina Virtual Public School.

Follow him on Twitter: @rosswhite.

To read more, visit my website


Charm Offensive. (London: Eyewear Press, forthcoming)

Valley of Want. (Greensboro: Unicorn Press, 2021)

The Polite Society (Greensboro: Unicorn Press, 2017)

How We Came Upon the Colony. (Greensboro: Unicorn Press, 2014)

Teaching Awards

Student Undergraduate Teaching Award (SUTASA), 2022


  • 2019 Sexton Prize, Eyewear Books
  • 2017-2018 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant, Durham Arts Council
  • 2016 Larry Levis Post-Graduate Stipend from Warren Wilson College
  • 2015 Louis Untermeyer Scholar in Poetry, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferenc

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 131: Introduction to Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 133H: Introduction to Poetry Writing (Honors)
  • ENGL 136: The Publishing Industry: Editing and Design
  • ENGL 207: Intermediate Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 307: Style and Stylistics
  • ENGL 308: Gram-O-Rama: Grammar in Performance
  • ENGL 351: From Manuscript to Press: Writer as Publisher
  • ENGL 384: Podcasting
  • ENGL 407: Advanced Poetry Writing