Terry Hertzler

photo_terry hertzlerEducation:

  • M.A. in English, creative writing emphasis, San Diego State University, 1992
  • B.A. in English, San Diego State University, 1985

Professional Experience and Publications:

Terry Hertzler has worked as a writer and editor for more than 30 years, writing for magazines and newspapers, as well as producing sales, marketing, public relations, and technical documents for a variety of commercial and non-profit organizations. His poetry and short stories have appeared in publications including Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology, In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop, The Iowa Review, North American Review, Margie, Literal Latté, Nimrod, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as being produced on stage and for radio and television. His books include The Way of the Snake (Caernarvon Press, 1985), poetry on the war in Vietnam, Second Skin (Caernarvon Press, 2003), and several chapbooks of poetry and fiction. He owns Caernarvon Press, which has been publishing poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction from both well-known and emerging writers since 1985, and was a founder of the San Diego Writers’ Cooperative. His work has been nominated twice for The Pushcart Prize.

Works in Progress:

  • The Left-Handed Bayonet Fighter (fiction book manuscript)
  • Quarks (poetry book manuscript)

Teaching Experience: 

With more than 15 years of experience, Hertzler has taught writing— including composition, poetry and technical writing, from basic grammar to graduate seminars— at the college and university level as well as for The Writing Center in San Diego and for the Southern California Writers’ Conference. He has been an adjunct faculty member at NMSU since 2012.

Courses Commonly Taught:

  • ENGL 111G: Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 218G: Technical and Scientific Communication

Teaching Philosophy:

Hertzler believes that how we use language is vital to every aspect of our lives, no matter what our vocation. Writing well is a skill that, like any other skill, can be developed and refined. He works with students to encourage them in that development. He agrees with Richard Mitchell, author of Less Than Words Can Say, who says, “An education that does not teach clear, coherent writing cannot provide our world with thoughtful adults; it gives us instead, at the best, clever children of all ages.”

Contact: terryh@nmsu.edu

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