Dr. Courtney Huse-Wika
Humanities - English
Meier Hall 311
Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, Associate Professor of English, received her BA in philosophy and English from Augustana University, and her MA and PHD in English with a specialization in creative writing from the University of South Dakota. She specializes in creative writing, young adult literature, and cultural studies. She is the author of Perch, a chapbook of nature poetry from Anchor and Plume Press, and her creative work has appeared in diverse journals including Kindred, South Dakota Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Scissors and Spackle, Backwards City Review, Paddlefish, 605 Magazine, Life on the Farm and Ranch: A South Dakota Anthology, and the Macguffin. Her collaborative work with artist Becky Grismer has also appeared in numerous juried shows and galleries in the United States. Her most recent critical publications are collaborations with Dr. Dan May from mathematics, which investigate the intersections of math and poetry: “The Poetics of a Cyclic Directed Graph,” and “Galaxies Containing Infinite Worlds: Poetry from Finite Projective Planes.” Her critical work has also interrogated topics from gender in young adult literature to the uncanny in popular culture, including “Beyond Bella: Rewriting Love and the Female Hero in Young Adult Literature;” “She’s Not Me: Confrontations with Monstrous Doubles in Adolescent Fantasy Texts;” and “Policing the Rift: The Monstrous and the Uncanny in Torchwood.” Illuminating Torchwood: Essays on Narrative, Character and Sexuality in the BBC Series.
Dr. Huse Wika is the academic advisor for the Creative Writing minor at Black Hills State, the organizer of the Geek Speak lecture series, and the former director of both the University Honors Program and the Writing Assistance Center. She currently serves on the steering committee for the Veterans Legacy Program and serves as English Honors faculty on the Honors Advisory Council. A Spearfish native, her happiest day was returning to teach at Black Hills State University.