Denise Tanyol

Adjunct Professor, Liberal Arts


Ph.D., dissertation in progress, University of Pennsylvania; M.A., the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi; B.A., Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.


Denise Tanyol teaches Writing and Literature in DCAD's AFA Degree Program. She has published papers on Melville, Joyce, and Faulkner and is currently writing on 1930s documentary and the 1940s photo-texts of the novelist and photographer Wright Morris (1910-1998). She has been awarded two University of Pennsylvania fellowships, an AAUW American Fellowship, and a Pew Presidential Prize Fellowship. She has also won the University of Pennsylvania's GAPSA - Provost's Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation for her work on Morris's fiction and photography.

Her teaching and research interests include 19th- and 20th-century American literature; American social documentary photography; the impact of photography on American writing; and creative writing. Her recent teaching includes modern American literature and literature of the American South, as well as a new creative writing class, "Making Photo-texts," in which students make hybrid works of fiction and creative nonfiction that incorporate photographs. In addition to the University of Pennsylvania, she has also taught at Temple University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of the Arts.