Bob Cowser has taught courses in nonfiction writing, film, and American literature since 1998. He is the author of 3 nonfiction books, most recently GREEN FIELDS: CRIME, PUNISHMENT AND A BOYHOOD BETWEEN, which won "Best Memoir 2010" from the Adirondack Center for Writers and was cited in the Best American Essays 2012. Cowser was named the Owen D. Young Outstanding Faculty Member in 2012. He has taught abroad in France, England, and Denmark and is the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Cowser grew up in rural west Tennessee. He holds a B.A. from Loyola-New Orleans, a Master's in English at Marquette University and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Nebraska.