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Tana Jean Welch Ph.D.

Tana Jean Welch Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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Tana Jean Welch is a poet and scholar of contemporary American poetry. She received her Ph.D. in Literature from Florida State University in 2013, specializing in American poetry and poetics, multiethnic literature, posthumanism, new materialism, and gender theory. She is currently Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities at the Florida State University College of Medicine where she teaches courses in literature, writing, and humanities and serves as the managing editor for HEAL: Humanism Evolving through Arts and Literature. Her critical work has been published in MELUS, The Journal of Ecocriticism, and Academic Medicine. Her poetry has been published in The Colorado Review, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, The Gettysburg Review, and other national literary journals. Her first collection of poetry, Latest Volcano, was the winner of the 2015 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize.


Ph.D. Literature, Florida State University (2013)

M.F.A. Poetry, San Diego State University (2006)

B.A. English, San Diego State University (1999)


Modern Language Association
Association of Writers and Writing Programs
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
American Medical Women's Association
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

Research Focus

Medical Humanities
American Poetry
Multiethnic and Global Literature
Gender and Feminist Theory
Posthumanism and New Materialism


Welch, T.J. (2017) "Language, Matter, Movement: Dynamic Community in Cathy Park Hong’s Dance Dance Revolution," published in Community Boundaries and Border Crossings by Ethnic Women Writers: Critical Essays. Eds. Kristen Lillvis, Molly Fuller, and Robert Miltner. Lexington.

Welch, T.J. & Harrison S. (2016) "Teaching Medicine Through the Study of Literature: Implementing a Fourth-Year Distance Learning Elective," Academic Medicine 91(3).

Welch, T.J. (2015) "Don't Let Me Be Lonely: The Trans-Corporeal Ethics of Claudia Rankine's Investigative Poetics," Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 40(1).

Welch, T.J. (2014) "Entangled Species: The Inclusive Posthumanist Ecopoetics of Juliana Spahr," The Journal of Ecocriticism 6(1).

Rodriguez J., Welch, T.J., & Edwards, J. (2012) "Impact of a creative arts journal on a medical school community: A qualitative study," The Journal of Poetry Therapy 25(4):197-204.