Prof. Evan Elliot

Evan Elliot

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 202


  • Marketing, advertising, creative nonfiction.

Research Areas

  • How fear spawns adjectives, adverbs, and puff in general.


  • MA, Creative Nonfiction Writing, University of Iowa
  • BA, English, Santa Clara University

Prior Experience

  • Copywriter for Patagonia and J. Peterman. Copy director for J. Crew. Editor for Sunset Books.

Additional Information

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How can rhetoric & language change the world?  
Words can stop wars, feed the hungry, and save the trees that save us.

My aha moment:
In my senior year of college I discovered, with a shock, that I cared about grammar. 

Dog or cat?   

Desert-island dish?   
Huevos rancheros.

Meet one person for lunch, past or present. Who and why?
Martin Luther King Jr., because he turned a dream into words into action.

My best advice to incoming students:
Explore the city. Ask questions. Remember that verbs rule, that details ring, and that only stories stick.

What I know now that I wish I knew then:
It's not the burger that makes you heavy. It's the bun.