Shawn Rubenfeld's Profile Image

Select Publications and Projects


The Eggplant Curse and The Warp Zone: A Novel. 7.13 Books. Forthcoming in Spring 2021.

Short Stories

“The Stranger.” Permafrost, 2020.

“The Caretaker.” The Madison Review. 2020.

“I Am Here.” Inkwell. 2020.

“In the Dust of Their Feet.” The William & Mary Review. 2020.

“Moses Walk on Water.” Little Patuxent Review. 2020.

“Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Please.” Sakura Review. 2018.

“The International Handball Incident.” REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. 2018.

“What We Keep.” Meat for Tea: The Valley Review. 2018.

“Six Stories.” Columbia Journal. 2015.

“The Cut-Off.” Pine Hills Review. 2014.

“Two Across.” Portland Review. 2014.

“This is Not a Disclaimer.” Gravel. 2014.

“Under Shadows.” West Trade Review. 2014.

“Rain Delay.” Smokelong Quarterly. 2013.

“Martha in the Manuscript.” The Colored Lens. 2011.


“Look Away.” Foothill: A Journal of Poetry. 2014.

“To Elizabeth,” “This is Roberts Country,” and “Remembering the Cafe Millenium.” Kentucky Poets of Place. Des Hymnagistes Press, West Park, NY. 2012.

“Reflection.” The Westchester Review. 2012.

“Meadowbrook, July 15.” Chronogram. 2010.


“Literary Flowers: Using a Literary Garden in the Western Literature Survey to ‘Plant’ Formative Voices and to ‘Sow’ Final Narratives.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. 16.1. Winter 2015.

Recent Conference Presentations

“Maly Trostinets and the Khatyn Memorial: Issues of Holocaust Memory and Commemoration.” Harris Center for Judaic Studies Colloquium Series. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. November 2019.

“Divergent Realities: Representation of Heroism and Indifference in 20th Century French Holocaust Film.” The 49th Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches. March 2019. The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies. The University of Texas at Dallas. Dallas, Texas.

“Approaches to Teaching the Holocaust After Visiting Ukraine.” Conference of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association. Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. October 2018. Chicago, Illinois.

“‘Go Home Jews’: Diaspora, Masculinity, and Redemption Through Baseball in Bernard Malamud’s A New Life and James Sturm’s The Golem’s Mighty Swing.” 35th Annual Conference of the Sport Literature Association. June 2018. University of Kansas. Lawrence, Kansas.

Honors and Awards

Vreeland Award for Fiction, 2019.
Robert L. Hough Graduate Teaching Award, 2019.
EGSA Outstanding Service Award, 2019.
Stuff Memorial Fellowship, 2018.
Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. University of Idaho, 2014.
Writing in the Wild Fellowship, 2014.
Butterbean Award for Best Paper on Poetry, Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society, 2014.
Estelle Jones Sauve Fellowship, 2013.
Vincent Tomaselli Award in Creative Writing, 2010.


Ph.D. (2020), University of Nebraska–Lincoln

M.F.A. (2014), University of Idaho

Areas of Interest

Creative writing (fiction)

Composition and creative writing pedagogy

Jewish-American literature

Graphic literature