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George Layng

George Layng, Professor

Office: Bates 215
Phone: 413-572-5334

George Layng’s research focuses on contemporary American poetry and the cultural dimensions of poetic form. He has published criticism on William Carlos Williams and Gwendolyn Brooks, and his dissertation examines 20th-century American ballads. He also has published on The Great Gatsby. Besides poetry, his current critical work focuses on 20th century creative nonfiction and in particular environmental issues. George directed the Reading and Writing Center at Westfield State from 1999 to 2010. Before entering academia, George worked as a broadcast and print journalist at news organizations in Connecticut and Vermont. He serves as a faculty advisor to The Westfield Voice, the campus newspaper.

  • Ph.D. in Literature, Tufts University, 1998
  • M.A. in Literature, University of Maine Orono, 1994
  • B.S. in Broadcast Journalism, Boston University, 1985
Courses Taught:
  • English 101 - English Composition I
  • English 102 - English Composition II
  • English 105 - English Composition I (Honors)
  • English 110 - English Composition II (Honors)
  • English 200 - Writing Workshop
  • English 275 - Journalism I
  • English 375 - Journalism II
  • English 276 - Writing About the Arts
  • English 377 - Feature Writing
  • English 246 - Creative Writing
  • English 340 - Creative Nonfiction
  • English 285 - Basics of Film Writing
  • English 347 - Advanced Critical Writing
  • English 382 - Contemporary Poetry
  • English 392 - Business and Technical Writing
  • English 631 - Creative Nonfiction (Graduate)
Professional Activities:
  • Modern Language Association
  • National Council of the Teaching of English
  • Society of Professional Journalists