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University of Connecticut Torrington

Davyne Verstandig

Davyne Verstandig

English Lecturer

M.A., University of Tennessee
B.A., Mary Baldwin College
: Torrington Campus
Phone: (860) 626-6845
Fax: (860) 626-6847

Areas of Specialty / Research Interest

Artists and Writers of the Beat Generation, Black American Writers, 20th Literature, Shakespeare, Creative Writing

Courses Taught

  • English 104 Basic Writing
  • English 1010 Seminar in Academic Writing
  • English 1011 Seminar in Writing through Literature
  • English 1616 (W) Major Works of British and American Lit
  • English 1701 Creative Writing I
  • English 2101 British Literature II
  • English 2408 Modern Drama
  • English 2409 Modern Novel
  • English 3214W Black American Writers
  • English 3241 American Nature Writing
  • English 3403 Modern Poetry in English
  • English 3503 (W) Shakespeare I
  • English 3623 Studies in Literature and Culture –The Beats
  • English 3623 Studies in Literature: LCWP courses & series
  • English 3692 Writing Practicum -Memoir
  • English 3701 Creative Writing II
  • English 3703 Writing Workshop: Techniques of Prose Fiction


Davyne Verstandig is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing. She holds a B.A. in English and Drama from Mary Baldwin College and a M.A. in English. Her thesis: "A Clear Life Ensuing" -A Study of the Progression from Nature to Society in Shakespeare's Pastoral Comedies and Romances." She has directed plays at Theatreworks, New Milford, Ct., The Sherman Playhouse, and Brookfield Playhouse. She has performed improvisational work "composing on the tongue" painting and poetry at The Knitting Factory and Housing Works Café in New York City. She has also given readings throughout New England.

Selected Publications / Exhibitions / Awards

  • Pieces of the Whole (poetry) Flights of Angels, publishers 1986
  • Provisions (poetry) Flights of Angels publishers1988
  • Sex and Sexuality in a Feminist World Cambridge Scholar Publishing (poems) 2009
  • Songs of the Marrow Bone, anthology, Hobo Jungle Publishers (prose) 2010

Community/University Service

  • UCONN Aetna Advisory Board
  • UCONN Creative Writing Committee
  • Community Outreach Committee
  • Tri-Campus Advisory Committee
  • Torrington Campus Master Plan Committee
  • Torrington Campus Academic Plan Committee
  • Torrington Campus BGS Advisor
  • Torrington  Campus Technology Committee
  • Torrington Campus Honors Committee
  • Torrington Campus ARTS Project committee
  • Conservator of archives Litchfield County Writers Project
  • Recipient of Commitment to Service and Leadership Award from the Connecticut Department of Higher Education
  • Vice-president of the Northwest Connecticut Chapter of the ACLU
  • Justice of the Peace

Photo credit: Michael Fiedler, 2005
(Apr. 2013)