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Neil Connelly

Office: Horton 302
Phone: 717.477.1551



B.A., Advertising, Penn State
M.A., English, McNeese State University
M.F.A, Creative Writing, McNeese State University

Teaching Interests: 

I'm interested in words, how they capture, shape, and create meaning, especially in the realm of fiction. 

Undergraduate Classes Taught: 

ENG 114: Academic Writing
ENG 228: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 308: Fiction Writing
ENG 428: Advanced Fiction

Bio in a Nutshell:  Upon graduating from Penn State with a degree in Advertising, I got fired from my first job after six weeks. I cut lawns, worked in a comic book shop, at a mall bookstore, and finally with a typesetter.  Later I talked my way into a creative writing graduate school, where I learned a great deal, mostly what I didn't understand about writing.  I also found I really enjoyed teaching, which I've done now for about twenty years.  Just before making a new home at Ship, I directed the MFA program at McNeese State University.  

Current Projects:

I'm fiddling with a novel based on my time on the local school board during Covid, some flash nonfiction, and a work of creative writing pedagogy. 

Online Publications:


"The Dad in Question"

"Failure to Thrive"

"What Walter Knows"

“Instructions on Setting up the Xmas Lights”

"You're Not Listening"

"Willie Goes By William Since Then"

"Upon Returning from a Leadership Convention in Hawaii, the Superintendent Addresses the School Board"


"Have It Your Way"

"Last Words"

"Shadows on a Lighthouse Wall"

"Just in Case"

"The Worst Mother's Day Poem Ever"

"Refrigerator Masterpieces"

"Lake Wallenpaupack Triptych"

"Auto Immune"

"Planting for Spring"



Brawlers (Arthur A. Levine, 2019)

Into the Hurricane (Arthur A. Levine, 2017)

In the Wake of Our Vows (Fomite, 2017)

The Pocket Guide to Divorce: A Self-Help Work of Fiction (Gorsky Press, 2014)

The Midlife Crisis of Commander Invincible! (LSU Press, Fall 2013)

The Miracle Stealer (Arthur A. Levine, 2010)

Buddy Cooper Finds a Way (Simon and  Schuster, 2004)

St. Michael's Scales (Arthur A. Levine, 2002) 


Contact the English Department Dauphin Humanities Center 128 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1495 Fax: (717) 477-4020