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Raymond Wachter studied creative writing and received his B.A. in English from the University of Iowa. He studied American literature and received his M.A. and PhD in English from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. A recent Pushcart Prize nominee, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Pinch, Tipton Poetry Journal, Burnt Bridge, Knock, Verdad, Phantasmagoria, Apalachee Review, and other online and print journals.

Wachter teaches survey courses in American, British, and world literature as well as a variety of first-year composition courses, creative writing, and critical theory. Besides writing & teaching, he is also coordinator of the department's Mentor Program in Literature & Pedagogy.