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Virginia Brackett, Professor Emeritus of English, retired in 2016 from Park University where she directed the Honors Academy, the Ethnic Voices Poetry Series (supported by the Missouri Arts Council), and Poetry at Park, for which she received National Endowment “Art Works” grant funding. Brackett’s research focus includes women writers, young adult and children’s literature, and eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature. Awards include:


  • Park University 2014 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award

  • Park University 2013 Faculty Member of the Year for Exceptional Services to Student Veterans Award

  • 2011 Missouri Campus Compact Community Engagement Professional of the Year

  • Park University 2010 Distinguished Humanities Faculty Award

  • 2010 Kenneth Bateman Outstanding Alumnus by Pittsburg State University 


Brackett's interest in service to veterans included activity as a discussion facilitator for the NEH-funded initiative, The Telling Project: Planting the Oar. She has served as treasurer on The Missouri Center for the Book, and as Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Great Plains Honors Council. She serves on the Kansas City Veterans Writing Team to develop writing workshops for veterans. Services have received support from the Missouri Arts Council, the Missouri Humanities Council, the Kansas City Library, and the Mid-Continent Library, Woodneath Branch/Storytelling Center.

Brackett has directed college campus service-learning training and creative writing workshops for young writers and readers.

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Brackett's 20 published books as author, editor, & contributor reflect her eclectic interests. They include:


  • Critical Insights: Historical Fiction (Salem Press, 2018)

  • Critical Insights: Mary Shelley (Salem Press, 2016)




  • After the Pandemic: Visions of Life Post Covid-19 - contributor (Sunbury Press, 2022)

  • 27 Stories: The Winter 2018 Owl Canyon Press Hackathon Contest Winners - contributor

  • Mary Shelley: A Literary Reference to Her Life and Work (Facts on File, 2012)

  • How to Write About the Brontës (Chelsea Press, 2008)

  • The Facts on File Companion to the British Novel: Beginnings to the Nineteenth Century (2005)


Creative Nonfiction

  • The Contingent Self: One Reading Life (Purdue UP, 2001)

  • In the Company of Patriots (memoir - Sunbury Press, 2019)


Cited Nonfiction

  • The Facts on File Companion to 16th and 17th-Century British Poetry (2008), named Booklist “Editor’s Choice, Reference Sources, 2008”

  • Restless Genius: The Story of Virginia Woolf (Morgan Reynolds, 2004), a recommended feminist book for youth by the Amelia Bloomer Project, 2005 (Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table, ALA), PSLA YA Top Forty Nonfiction 2004 Titles, and “Writers of Imagination” series, Tristate Series of Note, 2005 

  • A Home in the Heart: The Story of Sandra Cisneros (Morgan Reynolds, 2004), included in PSLA YA Top Forty Nonfiction 2004 Titles and Tristate Books of Note, 2005.


Brackett's articles and essays have appeared in Selected Papers from the Eighteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, The Wildean, Mosaic: a Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, Arachne, Women & Language, Notes and Queries, and Absolutism and the Scientific Revolution 1600-1720 and many popular publications for both children and adults. Children’s book-length fiction includes Angela and the Gray Mare, available electronically at In addition to a  MA and PhD in English, Brackett holds bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Medical Technology.


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Virginia Brackett




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