PhD/MFA. alleged writer. literary + cultural
studies scholar. teacher. sometimes: design
+ translation. 


Denise Grollmus is a writer, scholar, and teacher. She holds a PhD in English Literature and Language from the University of Washington (2019), an MFA in Creative Writing from Pennsylvania State University (2012), and a BA from Oberlin College (2003). She was a Fulbright scholar to Warsaw, Poland 2012-2013. She is currently the Communications Manager for the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington and an instructor in English. Her research interests include Twentieth and Twenty-first Century American Literatures and Cultures; Ethnic American Literatures; Modern Jewish Literatures and Cultures; Medical Humanities; Secularism and Religion; Affect Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Queer Theory. Her dissertation explores how addiction and recovery narratives use various religious discourses and concepts that  challenge the pathologization and criminalization of addicts. She teaches a wide variety of literature and writing courses. Aside from her research and teaching (for which she has won awards from both PSU and UW), Denise's award-winning journalism and essays have appeared in Salon, New York Magazine, The Guardian, LA Review of Books, The Jewish Review of Books, The Rumpus, various Village Voice Media weeklies, and other publications. Her articles and essays have also been anthologized in The Best American Crime Writing, Rust Belt Chic, and Girl On Canvas.