Kendra Vanderlip

Assistant Professor of Teaching

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Kendra Vanderlip


BA in Writing, 2015, Grand Valley State University
MFA in Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2018 University of Memphis


Academic Summary

Kendra Vanderlip (they | she) is a queer educator specializing in creative nonfiction and other forms of creative writing. They are currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Texas, where their work focuses on the implications of violence and how pop culture influences the normalizing of violence, as well as generational trauma, mental health, and gender studies. In the classroom, they focus on creating inclusive communities and demystifying academic spaces.


“I Go Home to Watch My Father Die While Space Junk Threatens my Home State,” Nimrod International Poetry, 2021
“A Capricorn’s Weekly Horoscope While Her Father Dies of Cancer,” Hobart, June 2020
“The Naming,” Sidereal, Winter 2018
“Multimodality in Composition” Writing about Memphis, Fall 2018
“Winter Wheat,” Whiskey Island, Winter 2017
The Rapidian 6/2014-9/2014
     -“Local videographer's Kala Project highlights beauty, strength in adversity”
     -“Girls Inc. program seeks to educate, motivate Grand Rapids youth”
     -“Gilda's Club Camp Sparkle hits 10 year anniversary”
     -“Treading water: living life with depression”
     -“Fair Housing Center of West Michigan files discrimination claim”
     -“Johnson Center to host storytelling workshop with professional writing coach”
     -“Grandwich 2014 sampled: Next eight sandwiches range excellent to big disappointments”
     -“Gilmore Collection response to liquor license ruling lacks sincerity”
     -“GRAM on the Green to rock terrace Thursday nights”
     -“Elizabeth Stoddard of Fair Housing educates to end discrimination”
     -“Citizen foresters cultivate young trees, new skills at Martin Luther King Park”
     -“Black theatre group creates safe space to explore race”