Amber Flora Thomas

Associate Professor
Bate 2141


Amber Flora Thomas is the author of three collections of poetry, including Eye of Water, which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A recipient of the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, the Richard Peterson Prize, and the Ann Stanford Prize, her poetry has appeared in Tin House, The New England Review, Callaloo, Orion Magazine, Saranac Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, as well as Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and numerous other journals and anthologies. Thomas is a Cave Canem fellow and faculty member. She regularly teaches at the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and Sewanee Writers Conference. She earned an MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She was born and raised in northern California.


  • B.A. Humboldt State University
  • M.F.A. Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Research Interests

  • Poetry writing
  • Creative writing
  • Contemporary American Literature

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 7365: Special Topics in Poetry
  • ENGL 6868: Advanced Nonfiction Writing
  • ENGL 6840: Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 5850: Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 4860: Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • ENGL 4840: Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 3815: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 3860: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • ENGL 3840: Introduction to Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 3410: Introduction to Poetry
  • ENGL 2815: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 2000: Interpreting Literature
  • ENGL 1000: Appreciating Literature
  • ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing

Selected Publications and Presentations