Dr. Paul Brooke

Title: Professor of English
Dept.: English
Office: Jensen Hall 106

Paul Brooke's poetry has been published internationally in Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, and England in The Brobdingdagian Times, Litspeak, Magma, and Takahe, respectively. In the United States, his work has been featured in such journals as theNorth American Review, Rocky Mountain Review, International Poetry Review, Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing, and the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature and the Environment.

Brooke's books include Light and Matter: Photographs and Poems of Iowa; it fuses the visual with the written. His second full-length collection (2010) is Meditations on Egrets: Photographs and Poems of Sanibel, Florida. Sirens and Seriemas: Photographs and Poems of the Amazon and Pantanal, his latest book, was published by Brambleby Books of London, England (2015). Arm Wrestling at the Iowa State Fair will be released sometime in 2018 by Finishing Line Press.

His photographs have been exhibited in Sanibel Island, Florida; Prairie City, Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa; and Ames, Iowa. Primarily a nature photographer, Brooke prides himself on getting superfine detail in his shots. His photography has taken him to Brazil, Costa Rica, Mongolia, and Nicaragua. For summer of 2018, he was awarded a two-week residency in Iceland to create a book of poems and photographs based on the theme of isolation. He was granted a sabbatical for the fall of 2018 to begin work on his latest book, Jaguarland: Jaguars of the Pantanal. 

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Educational Background

Dr. Brooke is a Professor of English at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he teaches Advanced Creative Writing, Introduction to Creative Writing, Environmental Literature, Diverse Voices, Plains Indians, and Literary Theory. He was trained as an undergraduate as an ornithologist and later completed his Bachelors and Masters at Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Start Date at Grand View

  • Fall 1996

Areas of Expertise

  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Photography
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Plains Indians
  • Literary Theory

Research / Accomplishments

Brooke has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, been awarded writing residencies in Iowa and Iceland, won the Iowa Prize for Poetry, published four books and has many world records in powerlifting.

Personal Interests

  • Flyfishing
  • Birdwatching
  • Powerlifting

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
Our connection to students!
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
My students and colleagues!

Student Testimonials

  • "Dr. Brooke makes every single student feel that they are appreciated and important. He teaches with humor and knowledge, but adapts to a student's individual need. He builds your confidence as a student. His positivity is contagious. As a social work major and healthcare provider, I am overjoyed we have someone with your traits teaching students by example. Thank you for being YOU!!!" - Denise McCullough
  • "Super cool teacher and very easy to get along with." - Jordan Rodriguez
Dr. Paul Brooke