Justus Humphrey, M.F.A.

Assistant Teaching Professor of English Composition, School of Humanities
Assessment Coordinator, English Composition
Olmsted Building, W355L


Justus Humphrey teaches writing courses. He has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks; prior to that, he earned an M.A. in english from the University of Maine and a B.A. in theatre from Northern Arizona University. He was also a member of the first class to earn the Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education from Temple University Harrisburg. Before coming to Penn State Harrisburg in the fall of 2012, he taught for four years at Harrisburg Area Community College. Although his graduate work was in fiction, he is also interested in writing creative nonfiction and poetry. He is originally from southeast Alaska (where he was born in a kitchen) and grew up there and in the mountains of Arizona.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs
  • Educational Testing Services
  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Developmental Writing
  • Composition

Featured Writer, The Wildwood Journal (Spring 2012), including the story "Burgers and Sushi," and the poems "Dog Days," "After Leaves Fall," and "Baltimore IKEA"

"Baltimore IKEA," poem, published in [PANK] (October 2011)

Book review of Slow Burn by George Alexander, published in ANTIPODES: A North American Review of Australian Literature (Summer 2010)

"I Hear From Her For the First Time in a Year," short story, published in The Shine Journal Anthology Volume One (2010). Previously published in The Shine Journal (October 2007)

"Wake Up," personal essay, published in Bayou Magazine (Fall 2009)

"After Leaves Fall," poem, published in REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters (Fall 2009)

Book review of Back Burning by Sylvia Petter, published in ANTIPODES: A North American Review of Australian Literature (Summer 2008)

M.F.A. (Alaska)

ENGL 004