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University Hall 5019
(205) 975-4225

Research and Teaching Interests: Introduction to college writing, rhetoric and composition, American literature, and introduction to literature

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.A., University of Mississippi, English and Psychology
  • M.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham, English (poetry concentration)
  • MFA, Sewanee School of Letters, Poetry

Shelly Stewart Cato has had a lifelong love affair with English and American literature and creative writing. Her thesis, entitled Drive-In Sin, consists of both formal and free verse poems set in and around New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta, and Birmingham. The poems largely seek to crystallize moments of gender incongruity between boys and girls as well as men and women. During the summer of 2015 she began her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Sewanee School of Letters. She also attended Iowa Writers' Workshop during the summer of 2017.

She particularly enjoys teaching first-year students how to analyze the rhetoric of the written, spoken, and visual world around them, and she is particularly interested in twentieth-century American poets Robert Frost, Richard Wilbur, Elizabeth Bishop, and twenty-first century American poets Matthew Olzmann, Natasha Trethewey, and Tiana Clark. Shelly has published poetry and fiction in Pointed Circle and Little Patuxent Review, respectively.

Recent Courses

  • EH 101, 102: First and second semester Freshman Composition
  • EH 106/096: Introduction to College Writing I
  • EH 107/097: Introduction to College Writing II
  • EH 212: Introduction to Literature
  • EH 223, 224: Pre- and Post-1865 American Literature surveys