Trent Hergenrader is an Assistant Professor of English specializing in Creative Writing at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Black Static, Weird Tales, and other fine places. His fiction has been reprinted in The Best Horror of the Year #1 and he has received honorable mentions in the Year’s Best Science Fiction, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and Best Horror of the Year #3.
His academic work focuses on digital pedagogy, creative writing pedagogy, and games and game-based learning. He has authored several articles on using digital and tabletop role-playing games as models for large-scale collaborative fiction writing projects. He is co-editor of Creative Writing in the Digital Age: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy published by Bloomsbury, which features his chapter, “Game Spaces: Videogames as Story-Generating Systems for Creative Writers.” In fall 2014, he was named one of “Ten RIT Faculty to Watch” by RIT University News and added to their Experts Guide. Most recently, he is a co-founder and Secretary of the Creative Writing Studies Organization and a co-founder and senior editor of the Journal of Creative Writing Studies.
He’s a lover of all things soccer-related and has followed the international game for over twenty years. He also spends time backpacking, paddling, and other outdoor pursuits. He lives in Rochester, NY, with his wife and two sons.