Byron Crews

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Byron J. Crews

Professor Emeritus

Wright State English Department

College of Liberal Arts

Senior Lecturer

  • Teaching Composition and Rhetoric, Research, Politics and the Novel, Fiction and Dramatic Writing:

Byron holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Wright State University, Ohio and his areas of teaching specialization include English composition and rhetoric, research, argumentation, politics and the novel, and dramatic writing in the WSU Department of English.

Byron served as editor for Wright State's journal of fine arts and literature, Nexus. He served as feature writer for The Yellow Springs Ohio News and served as assisting editor for short story anthologies Flash Fiction, Sudden Fiction, and Sudden Fiction International.

In academia, Byron has brought his professional musicianship to numerous creative contributions to the Wright State Community and beyond, especially his work creating sound and directing music in San Francisco's legendary Magic Theatre, the University of Florida theatre and Wright State University’s nationally renowned theatre program.

  • Theatre, Fiction, Film and Music:

Byron is a professional guitarist, and his website may be found here: https://byroncrews.com/

As an actor, he appeared in Wright State’s theatrical production of John Sayles' Halfway Diner and has directed music for theatrical productions including the University of Florida’s Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class and Annie Proulx's The Bunchgrass Edge of the World at San Francisco’s legendary Magic Theatre.

Other professional musical soundtrack and production credits include film documentaries Guilty as Charged, The Dreamcatcher and Personal Belongings, filmed and directed by Steven Bognar, an Oscar-winning and award-winning documentarian and  American-Hungarian filmmaker, whose films have been screened at SXSW, Sundance, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Byron’s original plays, Remote Control, Bone Machine, and Stillborn County Justice were staged at Wright State’s Herbst Experimental Theatre. Remote Control appeared off Broadway at New York’s Zipper Theater.

Populated by bizarre characters caught in unpredictable and violent circumstances, Byron’s short fiction has appeared in Mudrock Stories and Tales, Nexus and an anthology of fiction for apprentice writers, Gravity Fiction, nominated for an Eric Hoffer award.

Numerous esteemed academic and artistic honors and awards include The Kennedy Center Award for Merit in Theatrical Music Production and Wright State University's Outstanding Alumnus, 2004.

  • Awards and Honors:

* You Make the Difference: Learning Communities: In recognition of your cooperation with a Learning Community Seminar Instructor as a LC-linked Core Faculty Member Fall 2012; Catherine Queener Director; First Year Programs; April 23, 2013

* Writing Program Graduate Teaching Assistant Mentor Award: WSU Department of English Language and Literatures: Writing program Director’s Award: In Recognition of Your Contribution to the Writing program as a Mentor to Graduate Teaching Assistants: June 10, 2011. Richard Bullock: Director of Writing Programs and Assistant Chair.

 * General Education Excellence in Teaching Award; Wright State University; The Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Luncheon; May 11, 2011. WSU President Hopkins and Associate Provost Sudkamp

* Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Recognition Award; Wright State University; The Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Luncheon; May 28, 2010

* General Education Excellence in Teaching Award; Wright State University; The Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Luncheon; May 28, 2010

* Excellence in Teaching with Writing Award; Wright State University Writing Across the Curriculum Program; May 12, 2010

(Nominated by WSU Students)

* Writing Program Director’s Award: In recognition of exceptional contributions to the program through participation in the Rubric Committee and the Writing Programs Committee and the Graduate Teaching Assistant Mentoring Program. June 12, 2009.

* Excellence in Teaching with Writing Award; Wright State University Writing Across the Curriculum Program; May 13, 2009

(Nominated by WSU Students)

* General Education Excellence in Teaching Award; Presented in May 6, 2009  for Excellence in Promoting General Education Objectives

(Nominated by WSU Students)

* “World of Difference.” April 30, 2008. Wright State University Learning Communities Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of service as a Learning Communities Seminar Instructor Fall 2007 and achievement of outstanding ratings for overall student satisfaction. Presented by Doug Saul, Director of Learning Communities and Anita Curry-Jackson, Dean, University College.

* Best New Dramatic Work of the Season: Honorable Mention: Wright State University: Herbst Experimental Theatre: Bone Machine: Volume 4/Number 14/July 5-11, 2006: Dayton City Paper. “The Best of 2005-2006.” p. 9

* College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Alumnus: Certificate of Recognition. April 24, 2004: WSU Department of English

* Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival 34; Region 3: “Musical Composition and Performance” in honor of work in Wright State University Theatre Department’s production of John Sayles’s The Halfway Diner. 2002.

* WSU Dean's List 1992‑1993

* The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1992

* Golden Key National Honor Society, 1992

Wright State University Certificate of Appreciation: In Acknowledgment of 10 Years of Service to Wright State University. November 10, 2005.

Wright State University Certificate of Appreciation: In Acknowledgment of 15 Years of Service to Wright State University. October 29, 2010.

Wright State University Certificate of Appreciation: In Acknowledgment of 20 Years of Service to Wright State University. November 25, 2015.

Wright State University Certificate of Appreciation: In Acknowledgment of 25 Years of Service to Wright State University. October 8, 2020.

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