Phillip Douglas Howerton
Phillip Howerton holds a PhD in English from University of Missouri-Columbia and is a professor of English at a small university campus in the southeastern Ozarks. His poetry collection, The History of Tree Roots, was published by Golden Antelope Press in 2015, and his survey of Ozarks literature, The Literature of the Ozarks, was published by Univesity of Arkansas Press in February 2019. His second poetry collection, Gods of Four Mile Creek, will be released in spring 2020. He is the recipient of the 2019 Missouri Literary Award from the Missouri Library Association.
He is co-founder and co-editor of Cave Region Review (now in its eleventh year) and general editor of Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies (now in its tenth year). He and his wife, Victoria, own and operate Cornerpost Press, a small independent publishing company specializing in literary works based in the Ozarks.
He regularly presents programs about literature and creative writing at literary conferences and public libraries. His essays, reviews, and poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals and books, including American History through Literature, Arkansas Review, Christian Science Monitor, The Concord Saunterer, Encyclopedia of American Environmental Literature, Encyclopedia of Arkansas Culture and Literature, Journal of Kentucky Studies, The Midwest Quarterly, Plainsongs, Red Rock Review, The South Carolina Review, Teaching American Literature, Thoreau Society Bulletin, and Writers of the American Renaissance.
Brought up on a small farm is southern Dallas County, Missouri, he then spent several years as a milk trucker driver, a production worker at Dairy Farmers of America, and a beef farmer. He was a first-generation and a non-traditional college student, starting college at the age of 27 to earn an associate’s degree in English, a bachelor’s in history, and a master’s in education, all while working fulltime and attending evening classes at Drury University. The production plant where he worked for fourteen years closed in 1998, and he then taught GED classes and high school for three years before beginning a doctorate in English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has taught writing and literature at the college level for twenty years.