BA Otterbein College
MA Wright State University
PhD University of Iowa
Associate Professor of English Carol Tyx has taught at Mount Mercy since 2002. Before joining the Mount Mercy faculty, Tyx taught at Sinclair Community College, Wright State University, and Wabash College. With her strong bent toward creative nonfiction writing, Tyx created a series of personal essays for her master’s thesis, This Body Is My Home, and a book-length memoir for her doctoral dissertation, Adjusting the Tension: A Midlife Memoir. She teaches Creative Nonfiction Writing at Mount Mercy and continues to hone her craft as a nonfiction writer and poet.
Tyx has published two books of poetry, The Fifty Poems and Rising to the Rim, which was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart prize, as well as several personal essays, including “In Lila’s Shoes” and “Crossing the Boundary Waters.” Her poetry has appeared most recently in The Kerf, Sojourners, Poetry East, Water-Stone Review, and the Iowa City Poetry in Public project.
Here on the hill, Tyx teaches Writing and Memoir, Writing and Other Cultures, African American Literature, Latino Literature, Creative Writing, and other American literature courses. She particularly enjoys her role as a writing coach and takes delight in seeing students stretch their verbal muscles. As part of a student-faculty collaborative project, Tyx and a creative writing student co-taught a poetry course at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center Prison. Tyx has also been actively involved in the book club service learning initiative at Anamosa State Penitentiary.
In her off time Tyx volunteers at a Community Supported Agriculture project, practices yoga, and tries to keeps up with her two grown sons and two toddler grandchildren.