Graduate Student Profile

Jessica Piazza

Status: Pre_Qual

Contact Information


Biographical Sketch

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jessica Piazza now lives in Los Angeles while pursuing a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. After her undergraduate work at Boston University, she co-founded the Speakeasy Poetry Reading Series in New York City. Later, while pursuing an MA at the University of Texas, Austin, she co-founded the literary journal Bat City Review. She writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and her main academic fields are prosody and contemporary literature.


  • B.S. Print Journalism, Boston University, 05/1999
  • M.A. English (Creative Writing), Univ Texas Austin, 05/2005

Employment History

  • Teaching Assistant (World Literature, English Literature & Creative Writing), University of Texas at Austin, 2003 - 2005
  • Instructor of English Writing and Rhetoric (I & II), St. Edwards University, 2006 - 2007
  • Assistant Instructor (Rhetoric and Composition), University of Southern California, 2007 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Indiana Review Poetry Prize (Runner-Up, 2005), 2005-  
  • Indiana Review Poetry Prize (Runner-Up, 2005), 2005-  
  • Keene Prize For Literature (University of Texas at Austin), 2005-  
  • Keene Prize For Literature (University of Texas at Austin), 2005-  



  • USC Dornsife Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Taper Hall of Humanities 404
  • University Park
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354
  • Fax: (213) 741-0377