Casey L. Ford, M.F.A.

Writing Center Director, Instructor of English

Casey L. Ford, M.F.A.

Casey L. Ford is director of the Lamar University Writing Center and co-editor with Dr. Adam Nemmers of Review of Texas Books. She also teaches first-year composition and beginning courses in creative writing of poetry. She serves the department as a poetry judge for Pulse, LU's student-run literary magazine, and she currently serves on the boards of Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society, Beta Xi Chapter and Ubi Caritas, a Southeast Texas, non-profit, community health center.

Her forthcoming manuscript, entitled Shoreline Devotional, contains motifs of sun, earth, and unbridled nature in poems about growing up and living in Southeast Texas; decades of accumulated grief after deaths and hurricanes and pandemics, and the conflicts at the base of human existence and experience — the longing for religion and also its insufficiencies, the “seasoned hymn of the gulf” crashing upon its littered and polluted beaches, greed next to love, paradise next to hell, and the miracles of music alongside the enshrined skulls of ancestors. Casey's poems have been published by several Texas journals, and, most recently, one of her new poems was nominated by Last Stanza Poetry Journal for a prestigious Pushcart Prize.


Office: Writing Center - Gray Library, 1st Floor
Phone: (409) 880-8587

Courses Taught

ENGL 0301 - Basic Writing
ENGL 1301, 1302 - Composition
ENGL 3350 - Creative Writing - Poetry


Interim thesis editor, College of Arts and Sciences, 2021-present
Member, COAS Strategic Planning Committee for Research, 2022-23

Phi Beta Delta, Communications Coordinator, board member since 2021
ACUE Effective College Instruction / Effective Practice Framework, certified 2020
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Communications Coordinator, non-voting board member since 2018
Regular Contributor, Cadence, Lamar University Alumni Association, 2016-present.
Member, First Year Writing Pedagogy Group, Lamar University English and Modern Languages, Spring 2019-present
Thesis and dissertation specialist, Lamar University College of Graduate Studies, 2017-18
Content editor, Lamar University Web Communications, 2016-17
Graduate teaching assistant/Adjunct, Lamar University English and Modern Languages, 2015-18
Teacher of English for Adult Speakers of Other Languages, Cambridge CELTA, University of Texas at Austin, Centre # US655, Certificate #ccpf585079
Consultant, Lamar University Writing Center, 2014-15

Poetry Publications

“Elegy for a Thousand Books Drowned in Floodwater,” Last Stanza Poetry Journal, edited by Jenny Kalahar, 2021 (nominated for 2022 Pushcart Prize)
“Kavod,” Texas Poetry Ballots, edited by Laurence Musgrove, 2020
“As Best I Can Recall,” “Shoreline Devotional,” “Offices of the Wraparound Porch,” and “Thirst,” Poetry by Texas College Students, edited by Gretchen Johnson, Lamar University Literary Press, 2015
“Heavy Equipment,” Concho River Review, Fall 2015
“Country Crystal,” “Six Movements of My Spine,” Amarillo Bay, Summer 2015
“As Best I Can Recall: Sonnets from Four Countries,” CCTE Studies, 2015