Lecturer in Writing Communication


Christina Seymour came to Maryville College in 2014 to teach poetry and professional writing. Her book, When is a Burning Tree, won the 2017 Lyrebird Award at Glass Lyre Press and is forthcoming. Her first collection, Flowers Around Your Soft Throat, is available from Structo (2016), a UK-based journal that chose her poem "Song of Loves" as their annual contest winner. 

Seymour's poems also appear in the literary journals The Moth; Cimarron Review; The Briar Cliff Review; New Haven Review; North American Review; Arsenic Lobster; a travelling exhibit by the Wick Poetry Center and Soldier's Heart, Speak Peace—American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children’s Paintings, which appeared at AWP 2011 and is now located at the War Remnants Museum in Vietnam. Her essay, "Times of Day with William Stafford," is featured in Glassworks Magazine.

Seymour’s work has received the Russell MacDonald Creative Writing Award and has been nominated for Best New Poets, the AWP Intro Award, Iron Horse Discovered Voices Award, and the Pushcart Prize. She has also received four nominations for Johns Hopkins University's CTY Online's Outstanding Instructor Award.

A complete list of publications, praise for poetry, and academic history can be viewed on Seymour’s website.


  • ENG 349: Advanced Poetry
  • ENG 317: Public Relations Writing and Practice
  • ENG 315: Business and Technical Writing
  • ENG 216: Publications: The Literary Magazine
  • ENG 213: Introduction to Poetry
  • ENG 200: Pets and Poetry
  • ENG 181: Women's and Minority Literature
  • ENG 170: The Modern Western Literary Tradition
  • ENG 120: Composition and Speech II
  • ENG 110: Composition and Speech I
  • ENG 108: Fundamentals of College Writing
  • FYS 110: First Year Seminar: Animal Shelter Volunteering

Selected Teaching and Research 


Impressions is Maryville College's annual print showcase of student and community creative writing and art. A Community Spotlight section features works by local elementary students resulting from the staff's outreach as well as projects organized by alumni such as The Alma Mater Tattoo Project.