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Liz Derrington

College of Arts and Sciences
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Boston University, Bachelor of Arts
University of New Mexico, Master of Fine Arts
Academic History

Washburn University, Lecturer, Spring 2013 to present

Washburn University, Adjunct Instructor, Spring 2008 and Fall 2011 to Fall 2012

University of New Mexico, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2004 to Spring 2006

Scholarly Interests/Activities

Creative writing (prose); composition; Queer literature; women's literature; speculative fiction; and popular culture, including film, television, and music.

Career Accomplishments

Liz's stories and essays have appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, The Future Fire, the anthology Poems for the Queer Revolution, and elsewhere, and she reviews fantasy, horror, romance, and science fiction titles for Publishers Weekly. She has participated in the Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel Writing Workshop at the University of Kansas's Center for Science Fiction Studies, and has presented at the World Science Fiction Convention in 2016 and at the conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association in 2018, among other conferences. She is the proud faculty sponsor of Washburn's LGBTQ+ student group, Queers + Allies.


  • Reviews of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Romance titles. Publishers Weekly. September 2012 to present.
  • “‘You don’t think of them as human’: Strippers in (Somewhat) Recent Film.” Film criticism. Whores of Yore. May 2017.
  • “That’s What I’ll Be.” Fiction. Pilgrimage Vol. 39 Issue 3: Fear (2016).
  • “On Disorders that Resist Definition.” Creative nonfiction. Polychrome Ink Volume IV. 2016.
  • “Free State.” Fiction. The Future Fire. December 2015.
  • “Night of the Millers.” Creative nonfiction. Poems for the Queer Revolution (Anthology). 2014.
  • “Prophecy.” Poetry. Inscape. 2014.
  • “Becoming a Kansan.” Creative nonfiction. North Dakota Quarterly. Spring 2014.
  • “What You Don’t Know Could Fill a 20-Volume Set.” Fiction. seveneightfive. October 2010.