Chris Crowe

Chris Crowe

Professor, English

4121 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae


ENGL 420
MW 3:00-4:15 p.m.
ENGL 476

ENGL 479
M 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Student Consultations

Tuesday and Wednesday 3:00p-4:00p and by appointment



Rank and Status
English Teaching Undergraduate Advisor A-D
English Education Coordinator


Creative Writing, English Education


Adolescent Literature


Chris Crowe completed his graduate study at Arizona State University and, after teaching high school English for ten years, he taught at Himeji (Japan) Dokkyo University and BYU-Hawaii before coming to BYU in 1993. His areas of research and teaching include young adult literature, English education, and creative writing. He is past president of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) and spent 5 years as editor of the YA Literature Column for the English Journal. Dr. Crowe’s books include Presenting Mildred D. Taylor (Twayne 1999);Mississippi Trial, 1955 (Penguin Putnam 2002); Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case (Penguin 2003); More than a Game: Sports Literature for Young Adults(Scarecrow, 2004); Two Roads (Deseret Book, 2007); Teaching the Selected Works of Mildred D. Taylor (Heinneman, 2007);“How I Came to Write”: LDS Authors for Young Adults (Center for Christian Values in Literature, 2007); Thurgood Marshall: Up Close (Viking, 2008), and Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game (Candlewick, 2012). His next book, a historical novel titled Death Coming Up the Hill, will be published in October 2014.  He attended BYU on a football scholarship from 1972 through 1975. He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth, in 1973, and they have four children, two beautiful granddaughters, and three handsome grandsons.


EdD, English Education, Arizona State U, 1986
MEd, English Education, Arizona State U, 1980
BA, English, Brigham Young University, 1976

Awards & Honors

2010 Ted Hipple Award, Assembly on Literature for Adolescents
Department Citizenship Award 2010
Maeser Research/Creative Arts Award 2007
Nan O. Grass Professorship 2008

Courses Taught

ENGL 218 Intro to Creative Writing
ENGL 320 Writing for Children and Teenagers
ENGL 377 Methods of Teaching Secondary ENGL
ENGL 420 Literature for Adolescents
ENGL 670 Writing the YA Novel