Faculty Directory



Derek Updegraff, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Office Phone: (951) 552-8779
E-mail: dupdegraff@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 259
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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English University of Missouri 2013
M.A. English University of Missouri 2008
M.F.A. Creative Writing California State University, Long Beach 2005
B.A. English: Creative Writing California State University, Long Beach 2002

Courses Taught

English 473: Advanced Creative Writing
English 384: Writing Fiction
English 373: Intermediate Creative Writing
English 273: Introduction to Creative Writing
English 113: Composition


Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

Creative Writing (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, verse translation); Old and Middle English language and literature; literary theory; linguistics; history of meters and poetic forms in English; classical and medieval Latin


Teaching Experience

University of Missouri (August 2007 - May 2013)
San Diego Mesa College (August 2005 - May 2007)


Research, Presentations, & Publications


"The Translatability of Manuscript Pages Containing Old English Verse (with an Illustrative Translation of The Exeter Book, Folios 98r-101r and 124r-124v)." Texas Studies in Literature and Language 56.1 (Spring 2014): in press.
"The Old English Verse Line in Translation: Steps toward a New Theory of Page Presentation." Oral Tradition 26.2 (October 2011): 645-52.

Translations and Editions:
Ælfric’s "Life of St. Æthelthryth," edition and translation. Metamorphoses 20.2 (Fall 2012): 20-9.
Anonymous Old English "A Dream about the Cross" (commonly titled The Dream of the Rood) and "Cædmon’s Hymn." Windhover 16 (Spring 2012): 56-62.
Anonymous Old English "Charm for Unfruitful Land." Natural Bridge 26 (Fall 2011): 14-9.
Catullus’s Carmen 46, literal translation and Latin text beside the verse adaptation "First Spring in Columbia, Missouri." The Cave Region Review 3 (Spring 2011): 30-1.
Horace’s Odes 1.38. The Classical Outlook: Journal of the American Classical League 87.1 (Fall 2009): 44.
"Catullus to Varus, Regarding a Mutual Friend" (Carmen 22) and "Horace to Postumus, Regarding a Somber Truth" (Odes 2.14). The Raintown Review 7.2 (December 2008): 35-7.
"Chaucer’s Words to Adam Amanuensis" (Chaucers Wordes unto Adam, His Owne Scriveyn). Ship of Fools 62 (Spring 2008): 12.
"A Multitude of Kisses" (Catullus’s Carmen 5), "A Warm Welcome to the City" (Catullus’s Carmen 43), "I Hate and Love My Girl" (Catullus’s Carmen 85), and "To a Man of Letters, On a Tragic Occasion" (Catullus’s Carmen 96). Ezra: An Online Journal of Translation 2.1 (Spring 2008): web.
Horace’s Odes 1.11. The Classical Outlook: Journal of the American Classical League 84.2 (Winter 2007): 79.
Chaucer’s "To Rosemounde" and "Of Pedro, King of Spain," ll. 2375-90 in The Monk’s Tale. The Chiron Review 80 (Autumn 2005): 26.

Short Stories:
"A Small, Distant Thing." The Cave Region Review 3 (Spring 2011): 9-16.

Poetry Chapbooks:
Twenty Gently Used and Pre-owned Poems. Gliwice, Poland: The New Formalist Press, 2012.
Between Pit Stops at Late-night Diners: Poems. Oakland, CA: Doom-Ah Books, 2008.
The Edge Where Atlas Stands: Poems and Translations. Oakland, CA: Doom-Ah Books, 2008.

Poems in Anthologies:
"A Husband’s Reassurance." Because I said so: poems on the happiness and crappiness of parenthood. Garden Grove, CA: Aortic Books, 2011. p. 14.
"An Early Lunch at La Valencia," "Long Beach Madsong for Elizabeth," "100 Miles to One More Game of 9-Ball," and "The Edge Where Atlas Stands." Beside the City of Angels: An Anthology of Long Beach Poetry. Huntington Beach, CA: World Parade Books, 2010. pp. 177-81.

Poems in Literary Journals:
Dozens of poems in numerous journals.


"Editing Ælfric’s Alliterative Lives Using a-verse/b-verse Lineation." 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2012.
"Pinning Down Ælfric’s Notion of Bellum Iustum in His Lives of Saints." Medieval Academy of America, Annual Meeting, St. Louis University, March 22-24, 2012.
"Scribal Rhythm in Julius E.vii." (poster presentation based on the pre-conference workshop, "Making (and Theorizing) the Early Medieval Book," July 29-30). International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, Biennial Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, July 31- Aug 5, 2011.
"Warnings against Pride in Three Old English Poems: Not yet Discussed Analogues between the Gifts of Men and Genesis A and B." 35th Conference of the Mid-America Medieval Association, University of Missouri at Kansas City, February 25-26, 2011.
"The Mind as Enclosure in the Old English Gifts of Men." 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 13-16, 2010.
"Ælfric’s Treatment of Land Marking in his Life of St. Oswald." 34th Conference of the Mid-America Medieval Association, Conception Abbey & Conception Seminary College, February 26-27, 2010.


Church Membership & Activities

The First Baptist Church of Redlands