Charlie Gleek is a scholar, writer, and teacher working at the interdisciplinary nexus of the History of the Book and literature from the American south. Charlie’s recent essays appear in The Chattahoochee Review and Penumbra: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical Inquiry.

Dr. Gleek’s book project Southern Fringes: Little Magazines, Larry Brown, and How Southern Literature Happens explores the vital role that materiality and paratext play in shaping narratives and their readers’ literary interpretations, thereby creating senses of southern literature which occur from situational encounters between objects, texts, and readers. He is also working on an additional project, tentatively titled “Reading Larry Brown,” which will examine how scholarly, commercial and popular readers synthesize Larry Brown’s writing towards cultivating feelings about southern literature in their respective interpretive communities.

Charlie earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Studies: Cultures, Languages, and Literatures from Florida Atlantic University and holds an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Lynn University. He currently serves as an Instructor in the Department of English at Florida Atlantic University, teaching courses in literature and writing which focuses on the American south, working-class literature, and examining books as material and aesthetic objects.

Charlie’s teaching interests intersect across the following areas: American Literature and History, Anglophone World Literature and History, Artists’ Books and Book Arts, History of the Book and Print Culture, Literary and Cultural Studies, Multicultural Literature and History, New Southern Literature, Culture, and History, and Rhetoric and Composition. Charlie’s most recent teaching experience includes undergraduate courses in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters’ Interdisciplinary Studies program, Department of English, Department of Comparative Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Department of History.

Before coming to academia, Charlie worked for over a decade as a landscaper on loading docks, warehouses, retail floors, and as a line cook: working-class experiences that inform both his scholarship and pedagogy.

Charlie’s range of interests and experiences fall well outside academia. A musician since childhood, he toured internationally and recorded as a member of the American Boychoir under the direction of James Litton. Charlie’s contemporary musical projects, recordings, and performances in warehouses and homes, bars and pubs, dedicated concert venues, and summer touring festivals span more than three decades of work, including his current roles as drummer and bassist in ensembles comprised of fellow academics.

Charlie lives in South Florida with artist, writer, and academic Kate Schmitt and their labish-dog, Maddie.


Ph.D (2021) Comparative Studies: Cultures, Languages & Literatures, Florida Atlantic University.
Ed.D. (2014) Educational Leadership, Lynn University.
M.A. (2004) Political Science, Florida Atlantic University.
B.A. (2002) Political Science, Florida Atlantic University.

Other Publications


D   Daniella Hernandez and Charlie Gleek, “Manifestations of Faith in Southern Literature,” Florida Atlantic University Undergraduate Research Journal, 10 (Spring 2021): 25-28.[1]

[1] Ms. Hernandez was my undergraduate advisee during the 2019-2020 academic year. I provided Ms. Hernandez with intellectual and editorial guidance during the article’s drafting and review process.

“This is It: A Review of Larry Brown’s Tiny Love: The Complete Stories,” The Chattahoochee Review 40, no. 1 (Spring 2020).

“Kant We Hegel Our Way Out of This? The Problem of People in Postcolonial Studies.” Penumbra 5, (2018) https://unionpenumbra.org/article/kant-we-hegel-our-way-out-of-this-the-problem-of-people-in-postcolonial-studies/.


      Robert Murphy and Charlie Gleek. Pearson Baccalaureate Essentials: Global Politics. Essex: Pearson Education, 2016.


“Understanding Student Engagement During Simulations in IB Global Politics.” i.e.: inquiry in education, vol. 7, no. 1 (2015) http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/ie/vol7/iss1/6.


      “To Grade, or Not to Grade,” IB World Magazine (September 2015). 


“Teachers as Researchers: Changing the Dynamics of Professional Development.” Education Week: Work in Progress, 4 February 2015, http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/2015/02/teachers_as_researchers_changi.html



      Southern Fringes: Little Magazines, Larry Brown’s Stories, and How Southern Literature Happens (book-length manuscript, under review).



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