Meredith Doench

Contact Information

Meredith Doench


  • Full-Time Faculty


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 first novel, Crossed, was published in 2015 by Bold Strokes Books. Her second, Forsaken Trust, will be published in early 2017.  Another area of interest for Dr. Doench is Prison Literature, and her creative nonfiction revolves around the topics of imprisonment and justice.  

Faculty Perspective

The University of Dayton has been a fantastic place to engage in scholarship and explore so many new ideas and avenues of academic life both inside and outside of the classroom.

Courses Taught

  • ENG 101: College Composition I
  • ENG 102: College Composition II
  • ENG 284: Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • ENG 315: Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG 340: Prison in Literature


  • PhD, Texas Tech University
  • MA, University of Dayton
  • BA, Ball State University

Professional Activities

  • Assistant Fiction Editor of Camera Obscura: Journal of Literature and Photography

Research Interests

  • Creative writing studies
  • Gender and sexuality studies

Selected Publications


Forsaken Trust, Bold Strokes Books, coming in early 2017.

Crossed, Bold Strokes Books, 2015.

Publications in Journals and Online:

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

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

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

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

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

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

(2010)."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): 225-231.