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Jane Creighton's search for a collaborative writing community and culture led her around the country and eventually to the University of Houston-Downtown.
A self-professed wanderer, Creighton has lived in Pennsylvania, Brooklyn and San Francisco and worked as a typesetter, political organizer, poet in residence and teacher. By her mid-30s, she knew she wanted to find a stimulating community of writers while maintaining a connection to teaching.
"All of my experiences have been tremendously interesting, but ultimately I wanted to teach," Creighton said.
This decision led her to Houston, where she earned a master's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and a doctorate degree from Rice University.
UHD hired Creighton in 1997. She now teachers various courses in creative writing, creative non-fiction and spends time writing personal essays and researching Mexican-American literature. Creighton said she is drawn to personal essay writing because it is an open genre of non-academic writing where the writers can meditate on an idea and express it in a sense of voice other than their own. Her work in these areas has been published in books, anthologies and various journals.
Outside the classroom, Creighton is the director of UHD's Cultural Enrichment Center, where she works to build consistent academic and cultural programming on UHD's campus.
For her dedication to students and the profession of teaching, Creighton received the 2005 Award for Excellence in Teaching.
"My colleagues make it all possible," she said. "They're passionate, funny, caring and terrific people and it is hard to see myself any place other than UHD."
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