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Career Outcomes

Department Chair

Chad Simpson

Associate Professor & Chair of English

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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A Knox creative writing education opens doors to many possible futures for our graduates.

Some are pursuing their education...

  • Graduate Student in Education, National Louis University. Ari Jindracek '18.
  • Graduate Student in Theater and Performance Arts, New York University. Jayel Gant '18.
  • Student, John Marshall Law School. Stephanie Nikitenko '17.
  • Graduate Student in Creative Writing - Poetry, University Of Idaho. Ryan Downum '16.
  • Graduate Student in Sports Media, Valparaiso University. Nathan Williams '13.
  • MFA in Poetry, Cornell University. Emily Oliver '11.

Some are writers and editors...

  • Associate Editor, Glass Lyre Press. Linda Kim '15.
  • Freelance Writer, Ariana Lisefski '14.
  • Freelance Writer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kaitlyn Duling '13.
  • Education Reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Matt McKinney '13.
  • Reporter, Daily Review Atlas, Monmouth, Illinois. Annie Pittman '12.
  • Writer and Digital Communications Editor and Content Strategist, Washington University in St. Louis. Rebecca King '09.
  • Author of And the Waters Turned to Blood and Founder, The Trail of Painted Ponies. Rodney Barker '68.

Some go into education...

  • English Teacher, Amerson Year in China. Heidi Reidel '14.
  • Ninth Grade English and Writing Teacher, Catalyst-Maria. Grace Davis '14. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Substitute Teacher, Charles City County Public School. Cameron Posey '12.
  • Classroom Assistant, Lake Country Montessori School. Casey Patrick '11.
  • Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of English, Stillman College.  Norman Golar '02. Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
  • Director, MFA in Creative Writing, University of Arizona.  Ander Monson '97.

And some have found success in other fields...

  • Property Manager, NuStyle Developers. Maria Silva '15.
  • Creative, Zeus Jones Ltd. Reuven Perlman '10.
  • Veterinary Technician, Animal Clinic of Clayton. Joe Estes '07. Clayton, Missouri.
  • News Anchor, KMBC Channel 9. Lara Moritz '90. Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Senator, State of Illinois. Don Harmon '88. Oak Park, Illinois.
  • Attorney and Author. William H. Colby '77. Kansas City, Missouri.

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Top Job Titles of Creative Writing Alumni

  1. Editor
  2. English Teacher
  3. Tutor
  4. Administrative Assistant
  5. Teaching Assistant
  6. Co-Editor


Creative Writing Alumni Working in Related Field

Top Occupations of Creative Writing Alumni

  1. Postsecondary Teachers
  2. Editors
  3. Chief Executives
  4. Writers and Authors
  5. Administrative Assistants
  6. Public Relations Managers


Estimated Salary of Alumni with Creative Writing Degrees

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Printed on Sunday, June 13, 2021