Katie Manning, Ph.D.

Professor of Writing

Dr. Katie Manning is a PLNU alumna who joined the faculty full time in 2015. She teaches a variety of writing and literature courses, specializing in poetry and women writers, with intersecting interests in literary publishing and linguistics.

Manning is the author of six poetry chapbooks, and her first full-length poetry collection, Tasty Other, won the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. Her writing has been published in American Journal of NursingThe Lascaux Review, Mom Egg Review, New Letters, Poet Lore, Stirring, THRUSH, Verse Daily, and many other journals and anthologies, and her poem “What to Expect” was the season three finale on the Poetry Unbound podcast from The On Being Project. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Whale Road Review: A Journal of Poetry & Short Prose.


  • Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • M.A., University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Special Topics in Writing: Re-Telling the Bible – WRI 4090

  • Advanced Writing Workshop – WRI 4020
  • Women Writers – LIT 3053
  • Creative Writing: Nonfiction – WRI 3023
  • Creative Writing: Fiction – WRI 3022
  • Creative Writing: Poetry – WRI 3021
  • Introduction to Linguistics – LIN 3012
  • Literature & Culture (Poetry) – LIT 2000
  • College Composition – WRI 1010
  • Honors Rhetoric: Critical Communication – HON 1001

Professional and Community Involvement

Awards and Honors

  • PLNU Excellence in Teaching Award, 2020 & 2021.
  • The Thimble Prize, Thimble Literary Magazine, 2020.
  • Felicia Campbell Area Chair Award, PCA/ACA, 2017.
  • Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, 2016
  • The Nassau Review Author Award for Poetry, 2011

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications


  • How to Play (Louisiana Literature Press, 2022)
  • 28,065 Nights (River Glass Books, 2020)
  • Tasty Other (Main Street Rag, 2016)
  • A Door with a Voice (Agape Editions, 2016)
  • The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman (Wipf & Stock, 2013)
  • I Awake in My Womb (Yellow Flag Press, 2013)
  • Tea with Ezra (Boneset Books, 2013)

For more information, visit Manning's website.