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David Galef

Professor, English

Dickson Hall 413
BA, Princeton University
MA, Columbia University
MPhil, Columbia University
PhD, Columbia University
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I'm a professor of English specializing in creative writing and modern British literature. As a shameless eclectic, I've also taught science fiction, psychoanalysis, and other fields. I've published books on subjects ranging from poetry and translation to children's literature. I also direct the creative writing program and edit the flash fiction journal Vestal Review.

Fall 2022 office hours: M 2:15-3:15, W 2:00-4:00, and by appointment


I focus mainly on creative writing and modern British literature. I've published sixteen books, including fiction, poetry, criticism, and translation. Recent material includes Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook, the short story collection My Date with Neanderthal Woman, the translation Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom, the novel How to Cope with Suburban Stress, the poetry collection Kanji Poems, and the edited anthology Second Thoughts: A Focus on Rereading. Essays on Joyce, Woolf, Forster, Nabokov, Auden and others have appeared in places ranging from Twentieth Century Literature to The Columbia History of the British Novel. See


Office Hours


2:15 pm - 3:15 pm


Research Projects

two novel projects

One novel, Where I went Wrong, is about a man's life told backwards. The other, Bodies, is a science fiction narrative about an artificial planetoid peopled by extremely low-tech humanoids.