Joseph Bentz, Ph.D., teaches courses in American literature and writing. He is the author of four novels and four nonfiction books. His most recent books include Pieces of Heaven: Recognizing the Presence of God
(Beacon Hill Press, 2012), and God in Pursuit: The Tipping Points from Doubt to Faith
(Beacon Hill Press, 2010). His novel A Son Comes Home
(Randall House, 2007) won the Silver Angel Award, was selected for Guideposts Book Club, and was chosen as one of the Top Ten Christian Novels of the Year by Booklist magazine.
Bentz's scholarly interests include the American novelist Thomas Wolfe. In 2013 Bentz won the Zelda and Paul Gitlin Literary Prize from the Thomas Wolfe Society. He serves as the articles editor for The Thomas Wolfe Review.
In 2003 Bentz received the Undergraduate Faculty Outstanding Scholarship Award from Azusa Pacific University. More information about his writing and speaking can be found at his website, josephbentz.com
, which also features his Life of the Mind and Soul blog.
Ph.D. - 20th-century American literature, Purdue University, 1991
M.A. - British and American literature, Purdue University, 1985
B.A. - English Education, Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, Illinois, 1983
Journalism Major, Vincennes University, Indiana, 1979–80
- Honors College
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- School of Adult and Professional Studies
- American Literature
- Freelance Nonfiction
- Thomas Wolfe
Courses TaughtENGL 110
– Freshman Writing SeminarENGL 111
– Introduction to LiteratureENGL 354
– American Literature Since 1865ENGL 361
– Freelance Magazine Article WritingENGL 407
– Composition: Theory and Practice (APS only)ENGL 410
– American NovelENGL 488
– Significant Authors
MW 2:30-4 p.m.
Faculty Quad, Room #31, East Campus
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