Allen Culpepper

Assistant Professor English - School of Liberal Arts & Communication

Contact Information

(918) 595-7647
Southeast Campus Room 1230

An Alabama native who has also lived and worked in Florida, Dr. Culpepper has taught English at The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, Rogers State University, State College of Florida Sarasota-Manatee (formerly Manatee Community College), and Dodge City Community College. He currently serves as co-advisor for TCC Pride. He is a poet and an indie-rock aficionado.

Courses Taught

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • American Literature I
  • American Literature II
  • British Literature I
  • Poetry Writing
  • Elsewhere: Composition I, Composition II, American Literature II, British Literature I, British Literature II, World Literature I, World Literature II, Introduction to Literature, Introduction to Poetry


  • Ph.D., University of Tulsa
  • M.A., University of West Florida
  • B.A., University of Alabama          

Research Interests

Poetry, 20th-Century British Literature, Contemporary Literature, LGBTQ literature             

Publications & Presentations


Poetry When It Comes. (Blog). May 2013-Present. Web.

“Magnetism.” TCC Faculty Forum 24.3 (Spring 2016): 3. Web/print.

“Where the Tomatoes Go.” Red Truck Review Feb. 2015. Web/print.

“Downtown Sunset.” TCC Faculty Forum Fall 2014: 4. Web/print.

“Your Eyes.” (Honorable mention.) Top Talent Showcase. Mind Magazine Sept. 2014. Web.

“Turtle.” (“Fun poetry” category.) Top Talent Showcase. Mind Magazine Sept. 2014. Web.

“An Apparition and A Refuge.” This Land Press. 1 Sept. 2014. Print.

“Ashley.” Writings from Scars Publications. Scars Publications. 2014. Web; forthcoming in Children, Churches, and Daddies February 2015. Web and Print.

“Church Garden.” Ancient Paths, forthcoming.

“Green.” Bear Creek Haiku 36 (Summer 2014): 30. Print.

“Harder Than It Sounds.” Bear Creek Haiku 36 (Summer 2014): 30. Print.

“A Shelf of My Grandmother’s Books.” Tulsa Review 1.1 (Spring 2014). Web.

“Cool Morning with Fog.” Tulsa Community College Faculty Forum Spring 2014. Digital.

“Changing Face.” Tulsa Community College Faculty Forum November 2013. Digital.

“Rooftop Raccoons.” This Land Press 4 October 2012. Print and Web.

"Huck Finn Reels in Some Stretchers." Q Review March 2012. Web.

"Into the Weekend." Cooweescoowee (2009-1010): 33-34. Print.

"Wallpower.” Outside the Lines 12 (2010): n.p. Print.

"Warning Signs: A Paradelle,” Elektraphrog 2.1 (Fall 2009). Web.

"My Life Is Not a Very Good Poem. Florida English 7 (2009): 45-46. Print.

“Island Park in Fog” and “Red.” Elektraphrog 1.2 (Spring 2009). Web.

“Lightning Bugs.” Cooweescoowee 2008: 53-54. Print.

“October Chill.” Elektraphrog 1.1 (Fall 2008). Web.

"Garbled Signal." Children, Churches, and Daddies 162 (July 2006). Print and Web.

"Lost Luggage." Children, Churches, and Daddies 163 (August 2006). Print and Web.

"Star Boy." Children, Churches, and Daddies 164 (September 2006). Print and Web.

“Salt Water.” Florida English 1.1 (2003): 61. Print.

"Love in the Morning." Church-Wellesley Review Spring 2000. Web. [No longer available.]

“Nearly a Lyric, Almost Love.” Church-Wellesley Review 7 Oct. 1999. Print.


"The Myth of Inferiority" (essay), The Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 October 2006: B30-31. Print.

Co-Author (with Susan Belasco), Instructor’s Guide to Constructing Literacies by Susan Belasco (Harcourt, 2001). Print.

Review of Queer Poetics: Five Modernist Women Writers by Mary E. Galvin, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 19.1 (Spring 2000): 143-45. Print.

Co-Editor (with Susan Belasco Smith, Elin Dowdican, David Farley, and Mike Gorman), Thinking and Writing about Literacy (Harcourt Brace Custom Publishers, 1997; rev. ed. 1998). Print.


Organizer and Reader, “Rustling Leaves: An Indian Summer Reading” by TCC Faculty, Tulsa Community College Metro Campus, November 2015

Presenter, “The Voyeurs Gaze on a Merchandized Narcissus: The Male Fashion Image Through Multiple Lenses” [Poetry]. Popular Culture Association annual conference, New Orleans, April 2015

Guest Poetry Reader, Chikaskia Literary Festival, Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa, OK, Sept. 25, 2015

Workshop presenter, “Person, Place, and Thing: The Poetry of Everyday Life,” Tulsa Review Writers Conference, Tulsa Community College, Metro Campus, June 2014

Presenter, “A Summer Poetic Excursion into Popular Culture” (reading of original poetry), Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference, Chicago, April 2014

Editor, emcee, and participant, “Pieces of Piece” (poetry performance event), Tulsa Community College, Southeast Campus, April 2014

Presenter, original poetry, The Phoenix (coffeehouse), Tulsa, October 2013

Workshop presenter, poetry writing, Tulsa Community College Creative Writers’ Conference, TCC Metro Campus, June 2013

Presenter, organizer, and emcee, Poetry for Peace, Tulsa Community College, Southeast Campus, April 2013

Presenter and Chair, Creative Poetry II, Poetry Studies and Creative Poetry Section, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Joint National Conference, St. Louis, April 2010

Regular participant, Swampside Poetry and Swampside Express reading series, Manatee Community College, Venice Campus, 2005-2009

Featured poet, Live Poets' Society, Manatee Community College, Bradenton Campus, April 2005

Featured poet, Swampside Poetry 1, Manatee Community College, Venice Campus, January 2005

Participant, A Gathering of Poets, Rogers State University, Claremore, Oklahoma, November 1999


Presenter, “A Selective, Opinionated, and Not Especially Academic Survey of Gay and Lesbian Literature Since the Late 1800s,” Tulsa Community College, Metro Campus and Southeast Campus, October 2013

Presenter, "War and Plague in the Poems of Owen and Gunn," Florida College English Association conference, Daytona Beach Florida, November 2005

Presenter, "The Literature of the Gay and Lesbian Experience," Manatee Community College, Bradenton, Florida, 11 October 2005 (Repeated with revisions at Manatee Community College, Venice, Florida, October 2006)

Presenter, “The Fellowship Hallmark,” Remarks to Phi Theta Kappa Initiates, Manatee Community College, Venice, Florida, October 2002.

Presenter and co-author (with Trent Williams), “Queer Lit 20/21,” ONE: Spring 2001 GLBT and Allies Conference, Sexual Orientation Diversity Association, Oklahoma State University, March 2001

"Not All Fruits Are Oranges: The Roots, Branches, and Produce of the Gay and Lesbian Literary Grove," Tulsa Central Library, June 2000

“The Return of Hope After Despair in The Man with Night Sweats by Thom Gunn,” Graduate Student Association in English Colloquium, University of Tulsa, April 1998

“A Queer Way of Reading Some Auden Poems from the 1930s,” Visions and Versions: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on Marginalization, University of Oklahoma, April 1997

“Crises of Identity in The Cenci, Frankenstein, and Mathilda,” Southwest Graduate Literature Symposium, Arizona State University, March 1997

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Poetry reader for Nimrod International Journal
  • Poetry reader for Whale Road Review
  • Member of Popular Culture Association


Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, Tulsa Community College, Aug. 2014

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