Stephen Policoff

S. Policoff

Clinical Professor of Liberal Studies

B.A., Wesleyan University, English/Writing/Theater Writing, Creativity

Areas of Interest: Writing; Creativity; the Unconscious

Course(s) Taught: Writing I: The Surface (and Below It); Writing II: The Journey, the Stranger, the Dream; Creative Writing: Global Voices


Fish Short Memoir Award for "Music Today?" July 2012

James Jones 1st Novel Award for BEAUTIFUL SOMEWHERE ELSE (2000)

Teaching Statement:

I am interested in how we write what we write--how the mind, both conscious and unconscious, works to create ideas, images, texts. I like to examine all kinds of creative efforts--from paintings to poems to photographs to journals to advertisements--and consider both what they appear to say and what they might also be suggesting. Mostly, I concentrate on what my students bring to the class and how I can help them to make what they are trying to say more clear, more potent, more expressive of who they are and what they believe.


  • "Music Today" in FISH ANTHOLOGY, West Cork University Press, West Cork, Ireland (2012)

  • BEAUTIFUL SOMEWHERE ELSE, Carroll & Graf, New York, 2004

  • CESAR'S AMAZING JOURNEY, Viking Children's Books, New York, 1998

  • THE DREAMER'S COMPANION, Chicago Review Press, Chicago, 1997

  • REAL TOADS IN IMAGINARY GARDENS (with Jeffrey Skinner), Chicago Review Press, Chicago, 1993
Updated on 11/08/2016