Brian Baumgart

CLA 164

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  • BS, Winona State University
  • MFA, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Professor Brian Baumgart (he/him) is the author of the poetry collection Rules for Loving Right (Sweet, 2017), and his poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in a number of journals, including South Dakota Review, Big Muddy, Spillway, Whale Road Review, and Signal Mountain Review, among others, as well as in the anthology Rewilding: Poems for the Environment. His poetry has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net awards. Brian served as the Director of Creative Writing at North Hennepin Community College from 2012-2022, and was 2018 Artist-in-Residence at University of Minnesota's Cedar Creek Ecological Science Reserve. In addition, he's on the Board of Directors for Northern Starz Center for the Performing Arts. At North Hennepin, he’s been honored with a Faculty of Excellence Award, Phi Theta Kappa Above & Beyond Award, and Diversity & Equity Award (for co-advising the Realities publication). Brian is currently at work on a novel, two poetry manuscripts, a collection of lyric essays, and a play for the stage. For more:

At NHCC, Brian has taught a variety of courses, including:

  • College Writing I
  • College Writing II
  • Writing Stories
  • Writing Poetry
  • Writing Creative Nonfiction & Memoir
  • Magazine Workshop
  • Nature and Literature
  • Creative Writing Capstone Project
  • Humor Writing (Honors Program)


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