English and
Cultural Studies

The teaching and research provided through our department focus upon the critical interpretation, social and historical context, and creative expression of literature and culture. The department cultivates the understanding and skills critical to participation and success in a complex, multicultural and global world.


Chandler, Thomas

Thomas Chandler

Professor, English and Cultural Studies
Faculty Suite F, Room 2414

I am poet laureate of Rhode Island emeritus and the author of six books of poetry. I have been a featured poet at the Library of Congress and the Robert Frost homestead. My work has been read by Garrison Keiller on NPR to a nationwide audience on six occasions. I have been a college professor for 30 years, and have been married to Lisa Smolski for 39 years.

Poetry writing

Contemporary American Poetry, Poetry Writing

  • Academy of American Poets
  • listed in the Directory of American Fiction Writers & Poets
  • RI Council for the Humanities Speaker's Bureau
  • Brown University Phi Beta Kappa Poet
  • Bryant University Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Featured Poet, Library of Congress
  • Featured Poet, Robert Frost homestead
  • Galway Kinnell Poetry Prize
  • Official Inaugural Poet, Providence Mayoral Inaugurations
  • Official Inaugural Poet, RI Secretary of State Inauguration
  • State Poet Laureate
  • Yaddo writing fellowships
  • 2015, Judge, Galway Kinnell Prize
  • 2015, Connecticut State Poet Laureate selection committee

Chandler, T., poems accepted by International Poetry Review, The South Carolina Review, Poet Lore.