Jessica Piazza

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Writing
Email Office JEF 150 Office Phone (213) 740-1987


Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jessica Piazza now lives in Los Angeles where she teaches in the Writing Program at the University of Southern California. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, an MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Texas, Austin and a BS in Journalism from Boston University. Piazza is the author of three poetry collections: Interrobang (2013) and Obliterations (2015) from Red Hen Press and This is not a sky (2014) from Black Lawrence Press. She writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and her main academic interests are cognitive poetics, prosody, contemporary literature and rhetoric/composition.


  • Ph.D. English Literature & Creative Writing, University of Southern California, 5/2014
  • M.A. English (Creative Writing), Univ Texas Austin, 5/2005
  • B.S. Journalism, Boston University, 5/1999
  • Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments

    • Lecturer (Rhetoric & Composition), University of Southern California, 2014-08-
    • Assistant Instructor (Rhetoric and Composition), University of Southern California, 2007-2014
    • Instructor of English Writing and Rhetoric (I & II), St. Edwards University, 2006-2007
    • Teaching Assistant (World Literature, English Literature & Creative Writing), University of Texas at Austin, 2003-2005
    • Indiana Review Poetry Prize (Runner-Up, 2005), 2005
    • Keene Prize For Literature (University of Texas at Austin), 2005
  • Committees

    • Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Development Committee (Rhetoric & Composition), 2015 –