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Margot Douaihy teaches in the areas of creative writing (fiction and poetry) and multimodal storytelling (VR poetry and VR noir). Her teaching emphasizes intersectional approaches to the craft and theory of creative writing, metacognitive creative writing, and critical-into-creative methodologies. Her pedagogy centers the student-writer as a vital and valued member within a responsive workshop. Her specialties are queer crime fiction and intersectional noir. Her scholarly work with Cambridge University Press and the Journal of Creative Writing Studies examines the theoretical perspectives and decolonized structures that fuel innovation in the creation and critical study of literary texts. Douaihy is the author of multiple books, including the true-crime poetry project Bandit/Queen: The Runaway Story of Belle Starr (Clemson University Press), and the queer crime novel Scorched Grace, the inaugural title of Gillian Flynn Books, which was named a Best Crime Novel of 2023 by The New York Times, The Guardian, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, BookPage, and others. Blessed Water, the second novel in her mystery series, publishes in 2024. Margot won the Best Author of 2023 award from Boston Magazine.



B.A., University of Pittsburgh
Masters, Goldsmiths, University of London
Ph.D., Lancaster University

Areas of Expertise

  • Creative Writing