Colette Tennant


Salem, OR
Oregon US

Author's Bio

Colette Tennant was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She received a Bachelor of English from The Ohio State University, a Masters of English from Longwood University in Virginia, and a Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University. Colette is an English professor at Corban University where she teaches literature as well as creative writing. She has also taught art history and literature in Germany, Austria, and Italy. Her first book of poetry, Commotion of Wings, was published in 2010 by Main Street Rag as an Editor’s Choice. She also authored a book of literary criticism titled Reading the Gothic in Margaret Atwood’s First Seven Novels, published in 2003. In 2014, her poem “Smaller” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2020, her poem "Potato Salad" was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has had individual poems published in journals including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland Review, Southern Poetry Review, Rattle, Christianity and Literature, Dos Passos Review, and Natural Bridge. Colette and her husband Stuart have three grown children and one grandson, Luke. She enjoys competitive Scrabble, traveling the beautiful Northwest, playing the piano, and composing music. Her second book of poems Eden and After was published by Tebot Bach (2015). Her book Religion in The Handmaid's Tale: a brief guide was published by Fortress Press, September 2019.  

Publications & Prizes

Eden and After (Tebot Bach, 2015)
Commotion of Wings (Main Street Rag, 2010)
Prizes won: 
  1. Nominated for Pushcart Prize in 2014 and 2020.
  2. Awarded 3rd place in poetry for "Rehearsals" by Billy Collins for Fish Anthology, 2019.

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Columbus, OH
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Last update: Jun 22, 2020