Justine Dymond joined the Humanities faculty in fall 2008 and teaches courses in literature and writing, including Survey of American Literature, African American Literature, and Creative Writing. Her scholarly interests encompass American literature, “ethnic” mysteries, transatlantic modernism, and motherhood memoirs. Before coming to Springfield College, Dymond taught for several years at UMass Amherst, where she also worked in teaching and faculty development.
Dymond’s short prose and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, The Briar Cliff Review, and Cimarron Review. Most recently, Meat for Tea published her nonfiction story “Stone Wall.” Her short story “Cherubs” was selected for The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007, and was also listed as a distinguished story in The Best American Short Stories 2006. In literary criticism, she has published articles on Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Linda Hogan, Mourning Dove, and Sherman Alexie. She edited a special cluster on post-9/11 literature for Modern Language Studies that was issued for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Her co-edited collection, Motherhood Memoirs: Mothers Creating/Writing Lives (Demeter 2013), includes her chapter on contemporary memoirs of mothers’ experiences with postpartum depression.