Deanna Benjamin

Deanna Benjamin

Assistant Dean in College of Arts & Sciences
Senior Lecturer in College Writing and University College
PhD, University of Missouri
MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1096
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130

Deanna has taught College Writing at Washington University since 2008. She also mentors students applying for national scholarships and fellowships and assists with pre-health advising, especially during the application stage. 

Her studies and teaching focus on theories of identity and memory, writing as activism, the histories and structures of memoir and lyric prose, and writing about the natural world. She especially enjoys helping students as they learn to balance practicality in their writing with self-discovery, and she is delighted when her students find not only such a balance but also the tenor of their voices on the page. 

Some other points of interest: Deanna has two sibling dogs, a partner who is a visual artist and professor, a porch swing that’s been in her family for four generations, and affinities for the St. Louis Symphony, dark chocolate, crayon rail games, cribbage, quantum physics, and the Texas coast. 

Her creative work has appeared in Brevity, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, the anthology Sleep It: Writers and Artists Do Sleep (Red Claw Press), and other venues.