Catherine Theis

Dornsife Fellow in General Education
Catherine Theis
Pronouns She / Her / Hers Email Office THH


Catherine Theis is the author of MEDEA (Plays Inverse, 2017) and The Fraud of Good Sleep (Salt Modern Poets, 2011). Her forthcoming book, H.D’s Dramatic Poetics, will be published by Dalkey Archive Press (2024). Her translation of the Italian poet Jolanda Insana will also be published by the University of Chicago Press in their Phoenix Poets series. 


  • Ph.D. Literature and Creative Writing, University of Southern California, 8/2020
  • MFA , Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 5/2004
  • MFA , Univ Montana, 12/2001
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    My scholarly work engages with theories of phenomenology, poetics, and performance studies in twentieth-century poetry and prose; my creative work explores the intersection between lyric and dramatic traditions; my translation work, specifically on the Italian poet Jolanda Insana, draws on both my scholarly and creative work while also informing my teaching, which stretches from general education and writing courses to creative writing workshops.