Contact Information

Office: GH-442 / GH-323B

Voice: 657-278-2453

Dept: 657-278-3163


Irena Praitis, Ph.d.

Professor / Department Chair


Irena Praitis earned her Ph.D. and M.F.A. degrees from Arizona State University. In the spring of 2005, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her poems, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Rattle, Mochila Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, International Poetry Review, Cold Mountain Review, Denver Quarterly, and Cultura, Lenguaje, y Representación. Her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her collection of poems, Touch, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2004, a collection of poems, Branches, was published by D-N Publishing in 2007, and a collection of prose vignettes, One Woman's Life, was published by Diversion Press in 2010. In 2011, with Kerry Shawn Keys, she co-translated a volume of poetry by the Lithuanian poet Sonata Paliulyte titled Still Life and published by Calder Wood Press.


2001, M.F.A., Arizona State University

1999, Ph.D., Arizona State University

1992, M.A., Washington State University

1989, B.A., Carleton College

Research Areas

Poetry (Writing and Pedagogy), Poetry Translation (Lithuanian), Poetry of Alberto Ríos, Modern and Contemporary Poetry

Courses Regularly Taught

Poetry, Contemporary Poetry, Modern Poetry, Creative Writing, Contemporary Novel, Modern Novel, US Literature


Still Life: Translations. With co-translator Kerry Shawn Keys.  Dunbar, East        Lothian,Scotland: Calder Wood Press, 2011.

One Woman’s Life.  Clarksville: TN: Diversion Press, 2010.

Branches.  Indian Trail, SC: D-N Publishing.  2007. 

Touch.  Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2004.  

“School,” “Strawberries on a String,” “My Trickery,”“The Walk,” “Darkness,” Denver Quarterly.  Vol. 44, No. 1, 2009.  P. 68-72.

“Apie Laika/About Time,” “Vėjo virpesy esi /The Winds’ Shudders,” “Atsisveikinimas /Parting.”  Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing.  No. 27, Summer 2011. p. 27-28

Office Hours

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