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Dr. Gale Thompson

Dr. Gale Thompson

Assistant Professor, Director of Creative Writing


Dr. Gale Thompson (“Dr. T.”) specializes in teaching poetry, as well as creative nonfiction and hybrid forms, including the lyric essay. Her areas of interest include Modernism, Memory Studies and literature of the Holocaust, documentary poetics and poetry sequences. Raised in Georgia and South Carolina, Dr. Thompson holds a B.A. from the College of Charleston, an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, where she received the Robert H. West Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award. Before coming to YHC, she taught at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and online with Southern New Hampshire University.

Dr. Thompson is the author of two collections of poetry: Helen or My Hunger (2020) and Soldier On (2015). She has published poetry and prose in Crazyhorse, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Tin House Online, Guernica and Bennington Review, among others. She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and has given workshops and craft talks for the Emily Dickinson Museum, O, Miami Foundation, Midwest Writing Center, Georgia Writers Association and others. She has worked on the editorial teams of jubilat, Crazyhorse, Fairy Tale Review, Georgia Review and Slope Editions. 

When not in the classroom, Dr. Thompson enjoys baking, hiking with her dog Hubble, running and making music.