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Meredith Doench

Senior Lecturer

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: English


Email: Meredith Doench
Phone: 937-229-3434
Marianist Hall 207
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  • Ph.D., Texas Tech University
  • M.A., University of Dayton
  • B.A., Ball State University


Meredith Doench is a lecturer in the Department of English teaching composition, literature and creative writing. She earned her B.S. in Special Education from Ball State University and her M.A. in English from the University of Dayton. She earned her PhD in English with an emphasis in creative writing fiction from Texas Tech University. Dr. Doench’s areas of focus in her fictional work deals with sexuality, gender, and social justice issues.  Her creative nonfiction work generally revolves around the topics of imprisonment and justice.  Doench’s novel, Crossed, the first of the Luce Hansen Thriller Series, was published in 2015 by Bold Strokes Books.  Crossed placed second in the 2015 IndieFab Awards for the mystery genre (Silver Award).  Crossed also received the Mary Dasher Award for creative writing in 2017, an honor given to an Ohio writer from the College English Association of Ohio.  Forsaken Trust, the second book in the series, was published in 2017. 

Courses Taught

  • ENG 100: College Composition I
  • ENG 200: College Composition II
  • ENG 340: American Prison Literature and Culture
  • ENG 280: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 315: Creative Writing: Nonfiction Workshop
  • ENG 284: Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop

Professional Activities

  • Assistant Fiction Editor of Camera Obscura: Journal of Literature and Photography
  • Member of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Committee

Research Interests

  • Creative writing studies
  • Gender and sexuality studies

Selected Publications


Forsaken Trust, Bold Strokes Books, 2017.

Crossed, Bold Strokes Books, 2015.

Publications in Journals and Online

“Freedom is a Good Book and a Sugar High.” OJELA. 56.1. Spring/Summer 2016.

“Branded Cowboy.” Lumina Literary Journal. May 2016.

“The Roar for Change: Leelah’s Law.” Bold Strokes Books. July 2015. 

"How to Earn Your Wings." Gertrude. 19. March 2013. 

"Tuesday after Lunch." American Athenaeum. Wintertime 2012-2013.

"Well-worn." 1Bookshelf. November 2012. 

"Blood Rites." VIDA Her Kind: Women in Literary Arts. October 2012.

"Wetlands." Rio Grande Review. 34. Fall 2009.

"Caterpillar." Hayden’s Ferry Review. 36. Spring/Summer 2005.

"On the Importance of The Lesbian Continuum at Daytona Beach 2004: A Scale of One Young Woman’s Sexuality." Women’s Studies Quarterly. 34.3 and 4. 2006.