James A. Zarzana

I am originally from Sacramento, California, but have lived in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.  I hold a BA in English from St. Mary’s College of California and an MA in English from Sacramento State University.  I eventually completed my PhD at the University of Notre Dame.  My specialty areas are 19th Century British literature and the British novel.  After finishing my degree, I taught at Valparaiso University then at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.  In 1989 I came to Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota, as an assistant professor.  I am a senior member of the Department and am moving into partial retirement to give myself more time for my writing.  

I follow college football, especially Notre Dame, and enjoy cooking Italian and Indian dishes.  I am married to a fellow professor and poet; we have a daughter who graduated from Notre Dame and is now teaching.  I love dogs.

A Reading from The Marsco Dissident 


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