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University Hall 5018
(205) 934-4250

Research and Teaching Interests: Writing for healing and wellness, American literature, drama and playwriting, memoir and autobiography, women’s studies, multi-ethnic literatures of the United States, service-learning and engaged scholarship

Office Hours: Vary per semester


  • B.A., Georgia College and State University, English and Theater
  • M.A., Northwestern University, English and Theater
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, English

Dr. Nichole Lariscy primarily teaches first year composition and sophomore literature courses; she occasionally teaches upper-level courses. She often teaches honors courses. Many of her courses are service-learning courses that serve community partners in the Birmingham area. This service often takes the form of storytelling in the communities: both creating stories with the community members and gathering their life stories. Partners have included the South Highland Adult Day Center, the 1917 Clinic, St. Clair and Donaldson Prisons, the United Way, Hope Hospice, the Literacy Council, and the Red Barn.

In recent years, Dr. Lariscy has focused her teaching, creative writing, and scholarship around the concepts of Writing for Healing and Bibliotherapy.

In the classroom, sometimes Dr. Lariscy will lecture, but her classes are almost always student-driven, inquiry-based classrooms in which students take responsibility in producing advanced learning through critical thinking, dialogue, research, and both low-stakes and high-stakes writing.

  • Recent Courses
    • Neurodiversity in Literature
    • Global and Community Leadership: Burning Issues (Honors)
    • African American Drama
    • Forms of Literature
    • English Composition 101 and 102 (Honors)
    • American Literature I and II
    • Introduction to Women’s Literature
    • African American Women’s Literature
    • Honors Course: Neurology and the Arts
    • Honors Course: Whiteness Studies
  • Select Publications
    • Producer/Director/Instructor: "Leave the Porch Light On," Terrific New Theater, devised theater, May 2019
    • Playwright, Bodies of Water
      • Reading and Workshop, Bodies of Water Iowa Summer Writers Festival, Kate Aspengren. Playwrights Workshop. July 2018.
      • Reading and Workshop, Bodies of Water Iowa Summer Writers Festival, Kate Aspengren. Playwrights Workshop. July 2017.
    • “Staging Stories that Heal: Boal and Friere in Engaged Composition,” Community Literacy Journal. Vol 11. 1 (2016).
    • Playwright and Director, One Clear Light
      • Staged Reading, School of Public Health National Public Health Week, UAB, The Edge of Chaos, Spring 2015
      • Staged Reading, Spring 2014. UAB Honors House
      • Staged Reading, Spring 2014, Heartsong Retreat, Camp McDowell
      • Workshop, Summer 2014, Sewanee Writer’s Conference
    • Playwright and Director, A Will Not His Own, production, Birmingham, AL, 2013
  • Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies
    • Signature Core Faculty Fellow, 2021-2023
    • Certified in "Leading Others in Writing for Health," Duke Integrative Medicine, Spring 2023
    • Member, Conference on Community Writing
    • Playwright, Sewanee Writer's Conference (2014), Iowa Summer Writers Festival (2017 and 2018), Vermont Studio Center (2018)
    • Member, Dramatist Guild (2015 and 2018)
    • Modern Language Association
    • UAB Service Learning Faculty Fellow, 2013-2014
    • UAB, The Edge of Chaos Scholar, 2014-2015