My Story

I grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, surrounded by a big family and a close-knit community. During this time, tremendous sociopolitical and economic changes happened in the city. My research and writing have been shaped by these experiences. Through memoir, personal essays, and literary journalism I create intimate portraits of individuals and families, while situating their struggles in the broader context of race and poverty in America. My work has led me to examine how people make choices—how to raise their children, make a living, and maintain dignity—within the constraints of oppressive systems. As a teacher and writer, I am drawn to artists who use their work to point to what is marginal and hidden as an act of resistance.

Catina Bacote
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  • B.A. in African-American Studies, Sociology, Wesleyan University
  • M.A. in English Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.F.A in Nonfiction Creative Writing, The University of Iowa

Research Interests

  • Creative nonfiction
  • Protest literature
  • The ethics of writing

Courses Taught

  • WRI 1400: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • WRI 2130: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
  • WRI 3160: Introduction to Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Crews and Other Activities

  • Steering Committee, Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

Contact Dr. Bacote

(828) 771-3739
Jensen 205
WWC CPO 6221

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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