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Quinn Gilman-Forlini

Quinn Gilman-Forlini teaches creative writing courses that emphasize exposure to a variety of styles and pushing past your comfort zone. Her poetry manuscript, City of Imaginary Numbers, was a finalist for the Backwaters Press Prize and a semi-finalist for the Wisconsin Poetry Series’ Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prize. Previously, she taught at the University of Virginia, where she also served as a thesis mentor for senior undergraduates in the Area Program in Poetry Writing. She has been a reader for the Best New Poets anthology and the literary magazine Meridian.

Quinn is also an Ursinus graduate who majored in English with minors in creative writing and French. For her Honors project in creative writing, she wrote a manuscript of personal essays titled Going to Heaven in a Wheelbarrow. She was also an active member of the English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, The Lantern literary magazine, Literary Society, and campus theater productions.  




  • BA, Ursinus College
  • MFA, University of Virginia


Poetry Writing

Memoir Writing

Image to Words: Poetry and Art

Intro to Creative Writing

Television and the Short Story Cycle

CIE 100



Research Interests

Formal poetry

Hybrid forms and invented forms

Ekphrastic poetry

Math and science in creative writing

Flash memoir

Found and collage writing

Intersections between television/film and writing

Recent Work

The Greensboro Review: “Two Mormons Come to the Door

The Journal: “City of Imaginary Numbers”

The Fourth River: “Self-Portrait at Fourteen”

The Broken City: “Calibration” and “Ode to the Liberal Arts Math Requirement.”

CatheXis Northwest Press: “Time of Not-To-End: Temporality and the Aubade.”