Chatham University

Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Faculty and Staff

Jim Coppoc

Jim Coppoc
Adjunct Faculty Member
Hometown : Ames, IA
Joined Chatham : 2007

Academic Areas of Interest

Poetry, drama, playwriting, theater, Slam, Spoken Word, The Oral Tradition, hip hop, American Indian Studies, Latino Studies, ethnic studies, multicultural studies, intercultural studies, literature, nonfiction, pedagogy, technology, new media, the beat generation, American counterculture

Personal Areas of Interest

parenting, art, music, travel, hiking, people

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Jim Coppoc makes his living through some murky but evolving balance of poetry, pedagogy, playwriting and performance. In addition to his long history on the slam stage, Coppoc has recently been getting a lot of good attention from the literary world, with 4 Pushcart nominations last year alone. Coppoc teaches English and American Indian Studies at Iowa State University, and lives in Ames, Iowa with his wife and two sons.


  • MFA, Creative Writing (Interdisciplinary Focus), Hamline University
  • MA, English (dual specialization in Lit and Creative Writing), Iowa State University
  • BA, Psychology and English, Buena Vista University


  • Council Fires: a Sourcebook for American Indian Studies. El Cajon, CA: National Social Science Press, 2010.
  • Reliquary. Chicago: Fractal Edge Press, 2009.
  • Manhattan Beatitude, 1997. Ames, IA: One Small Bird Press, 2009.
  • Bearing the Pall: Pittsburgh: One Small Bird Press, 2007.
  • Blood, Sex and Prayer: Chicago: Fractal Edge Press, 2005.
  • Slams, Rants, Etc. Ames, IA: Question Mark Publications, 2003.
  • Whiff and Other Poems. Des Moines, IA: Creative Impulse, 2002.