English and African American Studies
Hans Ostrom is a prize-winning author and poet who teaches African American literature, creative writing, poetry as a genre, and detective fiction. His scholarly interests include the Harlem Renaissance, rhetoric, creative-writing pedagogy, and poetry. His books include Langston Hughes: A Study of Short Fiction; A Langston Hughes Encyclopedia, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African-American Literature, and Metro: Journeys in Writing Creatively. His novel, Honoring Juanita, is set in the High Sierra and examines the ethnic complexity of California. Ostrom has published articles on the works of Rudolph Fisher, Elizabeth Bishop, William Blake, and George Meredith. His poems and short fiction have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. He’s published three novels: Three to Get Ready, Honoring Juanita, and Without One, as well as The Coast Starlight: Collected Poems 1976-2006. Ostrom also co-wrote the script for Napa, a romantic thriller based on his novel, Three to Get Ready. With Puget Sound political science professor William Haltom, he is completing a book that analyzes George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” in light of contemporary American political rhetoric and the rise of electronic media. Ostrom, a member of PEN/American Center, was awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching at Puget Sound.
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California-Davis, 1975, 1979, 1982