Writing is difficult. It is more difficult when we do it alone. When you get stuck with a writing project of any kind, the bet way to get unstuck is to share your project with an experienced writer and editor. For nearly 18 years, I have helped writers to find effective, creative solutions to the problems that all writers face. I will listen to your goals, read your drafts, and give you specific advice for creating practical, practice-based improvements to whatever aspects of writing you find most challenging.
I hold a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Chicago. For ten years, I taught English full time at North Central College. I know how to help you with writing projects of all kind, from personal essays to dissertations in the humanities. As a former director of a college Writing Center, I can help students tackle writing projects large and small. I am the author of several poetry collections as well as scholarly works. I have edited several professional literary and academic journals. As a professional writer, I can help you to improve creative and critical works for submission.
Ph.D., English, The University of Chicago Dec. 2006
M.A., Creative Writing, Boston University June 1995
B.A., English, magna cum laude, Connecticut College June 1992
Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department, North Central College 2010 – 2020
Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Fall 2014
Lecturer, Department of English, University of Chicago 2009 – 2010
Lecturer, University of Chicago, Graham School of General Studies 2002 – 2014
Preceptor, Master of the Arts Program in the Humanities, University of Chicago 2004 – 2008
Poet-in-Residence, Poetry Center of Chicago, Hands on Stanzas program 2004 – 2009
Director, Writing Center, North Central College, 2016 – 2020
Founder / Director, Next Objectivists Poetry Workshop, Chicago, IL, 2008 – 2014
Curator, Mess Hall Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, 2007 – 2013
Nonfiction Editor / Production Manager, Chicago Review, Chicago, IL, 2000 – 2004
Managing Editor, Modernism/Modernity, University of Chicago, 2001 – 2002
Gapers' Delay: Harmolodic Essays. Virtual Artists Collective (Chicago) 2014.
CHVMS. Beard of Bees Press: Chicago, IL 2013.
Oil Slick Rainbows. Beard of Bees Press: Chicago, IL 2012.
Carl Sandburg: The People’s Pugilist, 1912-1917. (Editor.) Charles H. Kerr Press (Chicago) 2009.
Huckabee Goes Electric (chapbook). Beard of Bees Press: Chicago, IL 2008.
“Stories from the Breakdown Lane: Ordinary Affects on the Road to Detroit,” in Deep Routes: The Midwest in all Directions. Sheridan Books (Hunt Valley, Md.) 2012.
“Playing (with) the Impossible: Modernism's Populist Poetics.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest 8: Grassroots Modernism (Winter 2012).
Perfect! Matthias was one of the best professors I have ever met in my college studies. In fact, he was the first teacher who really teaches me how to write a high-quality English literature essay. Matthias was passionate and engaged. He always encouraged me to read carefully, think critically and write clearly. Under his advice and guidance, I was able to make significant progress. I highly recommend him when you need help in your English literature courses.
A strong writer. Work on structure / process of making a literary argument.
Dr. Matthias Regan was one of my favorite professors during his time at North Central College. He was patient and knowledgeable while working with me. Without his guidance and advice, I wouldn't be the writer I am today. I highly recommend him as a writing mentor, he will challenge you and elevate you. His constructive criticism isn't too harsh but also isn't too lenient, it's the perfect blend! He also truly cares about your progress and has a passion for writing and helping others.
I've taken a bunch of classes with Dr. Matthias Regan, and I can say with the utmost confidence that I've never learnt so much about literature or writing from any other professor. Dr. Regan is very patient, and cares about his students, he is always willing to help until you understand all the material and concepts, and his feedback and comments are extremely helpful and valuable. I am definitely a much better writer now because of Dr. Regan and would highly recommend everyone to sign up for sessions with Dr. Regan.
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