Associate Professor/TISharon White
(215) 765-1979
915 Anderson Hall
1114 Polett Walk



Poet, Writer, Nonfiction Writer, Teacher


Sharon White’s book Vanished Gardens: Finding Nature in Philadelphia won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs award in creative nonfiction. Boiling Lake, a collection of short fiction, is her most recent work. She is also the author of two collections of poetry, Eve & Her Apple and Bone House. Her memoir, Field Notes, A Geography of Mourning, received the Julia Ward Howe Prize, Honorable Mention, from the Boston Authors Club. Some of her other awards include the Neil Shepard Prize from Green Mountains Review, Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, the Leeway Foundation Award for Achievement, a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems, essays, and articles have appeared in many magazines and journals including Green Mountains Review, Western Humanities Review, Tarpaulin Sky, ISLE, Ecozona, Cleaver, Salt Hill Journal, Isotope, Appalachia, Kalliope and North American Review. She teaches writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Selected Publications

  • Boiling Lake (On Voyage)
  • Jaded Ibis Press (2015).
  • Vanished Gardens, Finding Nature in Philadelphia, The University of Georgia Press, paper edition (2011).
  • Eve and Her Apple, poetry, Harbor Mountain Press (2011).
    Vanished Gardens, Finding Nature in Philadelphia, The University of Georgia
  • Press (2008).
  • Field Notes: A Geography of Mourning, Hazelden Press (2002).
  • Bone House, Brick House Books, New Poets Series (1998)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Academic Discourse ESL
  • Analytical Reading and Writing ESL
  • Introduction to Academic Discourse
  • Analytical Reading and Writing, Introduction to Literature
  • Poetry Workshop
  • Graduate Fiction Workshop
  • Creative Acts, Fiction Workshop
  • Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • Social Issues in Literature
  • Capstone Seminar: Creative (Non)Fiction
  • Capstone Seminar: Fiction Workshop