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Geoff Watkinson, M.F.A.

  • Adjunct

Department: English

Office: The Great Hall Annex 11

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.; and by appointment.

Phone: 732-923-4549


Geoff Watkinson has contributed to Guernica, storySouth, The Humanist, The San Diego-Tribune, The Virginian-Pilot, and Switchback, among others. His first nonfiction collection, Have Some Faith in Loneliness & Other Essays, is due out in 2022. He is the founder/managing editor of Green Briar Review ( Find him on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook.

Professor Watkinson brings multifaceted writing, editing, and research experience. He has managed two literary journals, published dozens of essays, worked as a communications director, proposal writer, technical writer, marketing coordinator, publications specialist, writing instructor, and freelance writer. Prior to teaching at Monmouth University, he has taught college English courses in writing and literature for nine years, including as a full-time Lecturer at Seton Hall University, and as Assistant Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University.


M.F.A., Old Dominion University

M.A., Seton Hall University

B.A., Marist College

Research Interests

Creative Nonfiction; Film

Scholarly Articles

“Creating Constellations: On Mark Edmundson’s Why Write.” New South. 10 May 2019.

“The Defamiliarization of Trauma in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz.” Anastamos Interdisciplinary Journal. Issue 5: May 2019.

“The Creative Life is an Amplified Life: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic.” New South. 7 March 2019.

Popular Articles

“Trenches, Rats, and Watercolors.” Montana Mouthful. Lost and Found Issue: Winter 2022.

“The Banks of Fairview Lake.” The Good Life Review. Issue 6: Winter 2022.

“At Home in a Democratic Framework.” The Commoner. 10 December 2021.

“14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible: Film Review.” Headstuff. 10 December 2021.

“Waking Up: Same Harris, Spirituality & the Freedom from Illusion of Self.” The Good Men Project. 25 November 2021.

“On Procrastination.” Brevity [Blog]. 24 November 2021.

“The Comedian Carrying an Umbrella.” Brevity [Blog]. 15 February 2019.

“The Desert Whispers.” Cagibi Lit. 5 February 2019.

“The Character Without a Byline: Addiction and Beautiful Boy.” The Fix. 13 November 2018.

“Film Review: Free Solo.” The Humanist. 5 November 2018.

“Choosing Between More Money and More Freedom.” The San Diego Union-Tribune. 26 January 2018.

“Anticipation.” Hippocampus Magazine. 1 June 2017.

“Light Drawings.” Ascent. February 2017.

“The Insanity Development.” StorySouth. Fall 2016.

“When the Leaves Fall on Lavallette.”The Roanoke Review. Fall, 2016.

“The Breakers.” Switchback. Volume 11. Spring 2016.

“The Etymological Hijacking of Terrorism.” The Virginian Pilot. 14 February 2016

“Mars: Our Biggest Economic Stimulus.” The Virginian Pilot. 3 January 2016.

“Seduced by Sailing.” Coastal Virginia Magazine. Summer 2015.

“What We Lost: Teaching 9/11.”Guernica. 11 September 2014.

“Empathy and Infrastructure for Mental Health Care.”Guernica. 6 August 2014.

“Fathers, Guns, and LSD.” Moon City Review. Spring 2014.

“A Little Crowd of Mourners.” FLARE: The Flagler Review. Volume 24.1 (Fall 2013): 18-23.

“When the Sea Breaks the Dunes.” Bluestem. September 2012.

“Have Some Faith in Loneliness.” Used Furniture Review.  17 August 2012.

“On Home.” The Newtowner.  Quarter 3 (Spring/Summer 2012): 24-25.


Have Some Faith in Loneliness & Other Essays (Collection of Essays)

Additional Information

Sarasvati Creative Space, Waynesboro, T.N., Writer-in-Residence (December/January 2019)

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Nebraska City, N.E., Writer-in-Residence (October 2014)

Wildacres Workshop, Little Switzerland, N.C.,Writer-in-Residence, Scholarship in Creative Nonfiction (July 2013)


Recently Taught Classes

2022 Fall

  • College Composition I – EN 101