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Maureen Stanton

Maureen Stanton

Maureen Stanton, English

Associate Professor
O'Leary Library Room 463


Creative Nonfiction, Literary Journalism

Research Interest

Creative nonfiction and personal narratives (memoir, essay, witness narratives, ethnography, the lyric essay), literary journalism, cultural criticism writing

Educational Background

M.F.A. – Ohio State University
B.A. – University of Massachusetts Amherst


Maureen Stanton is the author of “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider’s Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques, and Collecting” (The Penguin Press), a work of literary journalism. “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money” was the 2012 winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction, and a favorite book of 2011 in the Chicago Sun-Times, Kansas City Star, San Jose Mercury News, and St. Louis Post Dispatch. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Crab Orchard Review, Sport Literate, Florida Review, The Sun, as well as several anthologies, such as Lifewriting Annual; Writers and Their Notebooks; Literature: The Human Experience; Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction; The River Teeth Reader; Best of Brevity; and Writing True. She has received the Iowa Review prize, a Pushcart prize, the American Literary Review prize, the Thomas J. Hruska prize from Passages North, a Mary Roberts Rinehart award, and the Penelope Niven award from Salem College Center for Women. Her essays have been listed five times as “Notable” in Houghton Mifflin’s annual Best American Essays series. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, twice been awarded a Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, and was a MacDowell Colony Fellow.

Before joining the faculty at UMass Lowell, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in creative nonfiction, and literary journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.