Claire McQuerry

Claire McQuerry

Assistant Professor

    Bradley Hall 363
    (309) 677-2470


PhD, English/Creative Writing, University of Missouri
MFA, Poetry, Arizona State University
BA, English and French, Gonzaga University


Claire McQuerry earned her PhD from the University of Missouri, where she held a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry. Dr. McQuerry has MFA in Poetry from Arizona State University, and a BA in English and French from Gonzaga University. She has served as the Contests Editor at The Missouri Review and as International Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review and has been the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Poetry and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenburg Prize.


Dr. McQuerry’s teaching interests include Poetry Writing, Poetics, 20th/21st-Century American Literature, Creative Nonfiction Writing, Native American Literature, and Literary Journals.


Dr. McQuerry’s poetry collection Lacemakers (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012) won the Crab Orchard First Book Prize and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her poems have been published in Tin House, Poetry Northwest, American Literary Review, Western Humanities Review, and other journals. She has published essays in Creative Nonfiction and Oregon Quarterly, one of which was a Best American Essays Notable Essay for 2010.