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Van Dyke, Annette 1943–

Van Dyke, Annette 1943–

(Annette J. Van Dyke, Annette Joy Van Dyke)


Born November 9, 1943, in Sacramento, CA; daughter of Wallace F. (an air force officer) and Joy Van Dyke; divorced; companion of Cheryl L. Howard (a social service organization executive); children: Lisa Hargrave Smith, Amy Hargrave. Education: Whitworth College, B.A. (cum laude), 1970; Eastern Washington University, M.A., 1972; University of Minnesota, Ph.D., 1987.


Office—Women's Studies Program, University of Illinois at Springfield, 1 University Plaza, Springfield, IL 62794-9243. E-mail—[email protected]


Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, instructor in English and academic counselor at Educational Development Center, 1978-81; Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN, English instructor, 1987-88; University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, associate director of Center for Women's Studies, 1988-90; Denison University, Granville, OH, assistant professor and director of women's studies, 1990-93; University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, began as associate professor, became professor of interdisciplinary studies and women's studies, 1993—, director of individual option and liberal studies programs, 1997-99, 2002—, member of executive committee for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1997-99, 2002—, chair of graduate council, 2002-06. Illinois Office of Educational Services, member of gender equity advisory committee, 2003-04. Member of board of editors, Urban Resources, 1988-89; judge of writing competitions.


Modern Language Association of America, National Women's Studies Association (member of board of directors, 1990-93; president, 2000-01), Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States, American Literature Association, Studies in Native American Literatures Association, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Midwest Modern Language Association, Pi Lambda Theta.


Poems for a Revolution (poetry chapbook), Womanworks (Bemidji, MN), 1978.

(Under name Annette J. Van Dyke) The Search for a Woman-Centered Spirituality, New York University Press (New York, NY), 1992.

Hooded Murder: A Jessie Batelle Mystery, Naiad (Tallahassee, FL), 1996.

Contributor to books, including Radical Revisions: Lesbian Texts and Contexts, edited by Karla Jay and Joanne Glasgow, New York University Press (New York, NY), 1990; The Big Empty: Essays on the Land as Narrative, edited by Leonard Engel, University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, NM), 1994; The Chippewa Landscape of Louise Erdrich, edited by Allan Chavkin, University of Alabama Press (Tuscaloosa, AL), 1999; and Reading Leslie Marmon Silko: Critical Perspectives through "Gardens in the Dunes," edited by Laura Cotelli, University of Pisa Press, 2007. Columnist for Illinois Coalition against Domestic Violence Online National Newsletter, 2005-06. Contributor of poetry and reviews to periodicals, including Journal of Lesbian Studies, MELUS, New Woman'sTimes, Hurricane Alice, Alchemist, Sing Heavenly Muse, Northlight, European Review of Native American Studies, and Loonfeather. Editor, Forum, 1988-90, and National Women's Studies Lesbian Caucus Newsletter, 1989-93.


Annette Van Dyke once told CA: "When I earned my master's degree in English in the 1970s, I had not been assigned to read one woman writer. My passion has been to change that. My work as a literary critic is centered on women writers, especially those who come from non-mainstream American cultures such as lesbian writers and Native American women writers. My own experiments with writing the murder mystery have taught me a lot about writing, making me a better resource for my students."

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