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Bruce Beasley (1992) Professor.
MFA, Columbia University; PhD, University of Virginia. 
He is the author of seven collections of poems: Spirituals (Wesleyan University Press); The Creation (winner of Ohio State University Press Award); Summer Mystagogia, winner of the Colorado Prize (selected by Charles Wright), from University Press of Colorado; Signs and Abominations (Wesleyan University Press); Lord Brain (winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition); The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems (University of Washington Press), and Theophobia (BOA Editions, 2012). His poems have also appeared in such journals as Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and New American Writing. He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Artists Trust and three Pushcart prizes in poetry. He teaches courses in creative writing and American literature.

Michael Bell (2005) Senior Instructor.
MA, Western Washington University.
He teaches composition and literature. His specific inquiries concern emergent literary forms such as comics, multiform narratives, and games. His current work largely involves the development of a literary approach and pedagogy appropriate to the classroom study of massively multiplayer online environments.

Nicole R. Brown (2002) Associate Professor.
PhD, Purdue University.
An advocate for writing for social change, her areas of specialization include rhetoric, technical writing, sustainability studies, visual rhetoric, community-based writing and internships. She has presented scholarly papers and published articles on place-based writing, internships and identity, visual rhetoric, and the social construction of community online.

Elizabeth Colen (2014) Instructor.
MFA, University of Washington

She is the author of poetry collections Money for Sunsets and Waiting Up for the End of the World: Conspiracies, as well as flash fiction collection Dear Mother Monster, Dear Daughter Mistake and the hybrid long poem / lyric essay The Green Condition. She is a book reviewer for American Book Review and editor of Jaded Ibis Press’s Bowerbird memoir series. Her research and teaching interests include hybrid genres, experimental writing, ecopoetics, and literary collage.​

Jeremy Cushman (2013) Assistant Professor and Director of Composition.
PhD, Purdue University.
His research and teaching interests include Rhetorical Theory, Workplace and Organizational Writing, New Media Studies, and Pedagogical Theory. He has published and presented on invention in the workplace, digital production in the classroom, and religious rhetorics. He is currently working through a large ethnographic inquiry centered on automotive technicians, which examines the relationship between workplace narratives and inventive workplace practices.


Kristin Denham
(2000) Professor & Director of Linguistics.
PhD, University of Washington.
Her teaching and research interests include grammatical structure; Native American language and literatures; dialect studies, including the use of dialect in literature; and applications of linguistics in K-12 education. She has published four books; Linguistics for Everyone: An Introduction (Cengage/Wadsworth, 2010) and Navigating English Grammar (Blackwell 2013) (both co-authored with Anne Lobeck), Language in the Schools: Integrating Linguistics into K-12 Education (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005), and Linguistics at School: Language Awareness in Primary and Secondary Education (Cambridge University Press, 2010) (both co-edited with Anne Lobeck), and has also authored numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Dawn Dietrich (1992) Associate Professor.
PhD, University of Michigan
A specialist in cinema, media studies, and literature and technology, she has published articles in journals such as Word & Image: A Journal of Visual/Verbal Enquiry, Contemporary Literature, Film Quarterly, and Arena Journal.

Julie Dugger (2006) Senior Instructor.
PhD, University of Chicago.


Geraldine E. Forsberg
(2007) Senior Instructor.
PhD, New York University.
She is a specialist in media ecology, media theory, media and cultural studies. Her writings look at the ways media influence our thinking, communication, values, beliefs, and behavior. She is also interested in developing theoretical and practical approaches to critical thinking in a technological society. Her publications include a dissertation which later became a book, Critical Thinking in an Image World: Alfred Korzybski's Theoretical Principles Extended to Critical Television Evaluation. She has published numerous scholarly articles and reviews in the Journal of Communication and Religion and Explorations in Media Ecology. She teaches courses in technical and professional writing as well as technology and culture.

Margaret Fox (2006) Senior Instructor.
MA, Western Washington University.
She focuses primarily on professional and technical writing, and she teaches research in the humanities. In addition, she's offered a range of professional writing workshops to credit union managers, software company employees, and many other groups. Her editing projects have included grants for Campus Compact, a white paper for Extended Education, and books for Western Washington University professors. Margi also writes nonfiction. Her essay "God of Books" won the 2009 Literal Latte creative nonfiction contest.


Marc Geisler (1992) Associate Dean & Associate Professor.
PhD, University of California-Irvine.
As a specialist in British Renaissance literature and critical theory, he has published articles on John Milton, William Shakespeare, and early modern English culture. He is currently completing a book on the interplay between nationalism, popular protest, and seventeenth-century English literature. He teaches courses in contemporary critical and cultural theory, Milton and nonconformist literature, early modern feminism, early modern patronage and popular culture, Shakespeare, Spenser, politics and literature, and cultural studies.

Allison Giffen (2001) Associate Professor.
PhD, Columbia University.
A specialist in Early and Nineteenth-Century American literature, her research focuses on women writers, particularly American women poets. She has published articles in such journals as LegacyWomen's Studies, American Transcendental Quarterly, and Early American Literature. She has edited a collection, Jewish First Wife, Divorced: The Correspondence of Ethel Gross and Harry Hopkins and is currently at work on a study of nineteenth-century popular literature.

Bruce Goebel (1996) Professor
& Academic Advisor: English-Literature Emphasis with Teaching Endorsement Option & Creative Writing with Teaching Endorsement Option..
PhD, University of Iowa.
A specialist in American literature, postmodern literature, humor, and English education, he is the author of Humor Writing, Reading Native American Literature, an editor of Teaching a New Canon, and the author of articles appearing in English Journal, Philological Quarterly, Journal of American Culture, and others.

Carol Guess (1998) Professor.
MA English, MFA Poetry, Indiana University.
She is the author of three novels: Seeing Dell, Switch, and Homeschooling; four poetry collections: Femme's Dictionary, Tinderbox Lawn, Love Is A Map I Must Not Set On Fire, and Doll Studies: Forensics; two essay collections: Gaslight and My Father In Water; and three hybrid texts: Darling Endangered, F IN, and Index Of Placebo Effects. Forthcoming books include collaborations with Kristina Marie Darling, Kelly Magee, and Daniela Olszewska. Three of her books were nominated for Lambda Literary Awards; in 2014 she was the winner of Columbia University's Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement. She teaches courses in Creative Writing (with an emphasis on artistic experimentation, collaboration, and hybrid forms) and Queer Studies.

Lee Gulyas (2006) Senior Instructor.
MFA, University of British Columbia.
Lee teaches Creative Writing, specializing in creative nonfiction. Her nonfiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as The Common, Prime Number, Barn Owl Review, Fugue, Event, The Malahat Review, and Geist. She reviews books for Contrary Magazine. Areas of interest include: Literary Nonfiction, Literary Journalism, Poetry and Poetics, Creative Writing Pedagogy, Travel Writing, Maps, Arab Feminist Writing, Canadian Literature, Art and Social Justice, Ethnographic Food Studies, Independent and Small Presses, and Literary Communities.

Pam Hardman
(1993) Senior Instructor.
ABD, Brown University; MA, University of Toronto; BA, Oberlin College.
Teaching and research interests include 19th and 20th century American literatures and cultures; women's studies; cultural and critical theory; secondary education.


Nancy J. Johnson (1994) Professor & Academic Advisor: English-Literature Emphasis with Teaching Endorsement Option & Creative Writing with Teaching Endorsement Option.
PhD, Michigan State University.
A specialist in children's and young adult literature and English/language arts education, Johnson recently returned from a three-year leave where she taught 8th grade reading/language arts at the Singapore American School. She is co-author of The Wonder of It All: When Literature and Literacy Intersect, Literature Circles Resource Guide, Getting Started with Literature Circles and co-editor of Literature Circles and Response. Johnson served on the 2013 Caldecott Award selection committee, the 2003 Newbery Award selection committee, and is now serving a two-year term on the Amelia Walden Award selection committee for young adult literature. In 2003 she received the Arbuthnot Award by the International Reading Association for teaching and advocacy of children’s literature. Active in NCTE, IRA, and ALA, Johnson works with teachers and students and in schools locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, she coordinates Western Washington University’s annual children’s/young adult literature conference. Research interests include children’s/young adult literature, English/language arts education and diverse forms of reader response.

Kristiana Kahakauwila
(2012), Associate Professor & Academic Advisor: English-Creative Writing Emphasis.
MFA, University of Michigan.
She is the author of the story collection This is Paradise (Hogarth Press, 2013), which was a selection for the 2013 Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Program. A former editor at Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado, and Highlights for Children, she teaches fiction, editing and magazine publishing, and nonfiction. Her interests include translation, literature of the Pacific, and Hawaiian studies.

Shannon Kelly (2015) Instructor & Asst. Director of Composition

Laura Laffrado
(1993) Professor.
PhD, SUNY/Buffalo.
A specialist in early US literatures and cultures, her most recent book is Uncommon Women: Gender and Representation in Nineteenth-Century US Women's Writing. Her essays have appeared in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, ESQ, Legacy, LEAR: Literature in the Early Republic, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, and other journals and collections. She is currently editing a collection of writings by forgotten Pacific Northwest writer Ella Higginson.

Mark Lester (2004) Senior Instructor.
PhD, University of Washington.
He has taught classes in literature, literary theory and criticism, and writing at the University of Washington, Seattle University, and Western Washington University. His translation of Gilles Deleuze's Logique du sens (The Logic of Sense) was published by Columbia University Press in 1990. His interests include twentieth-century literature, intersections of literature and philosophy, writing about literature, art, science, and philosophy, and professional writing.

Christopher Loar (2013) Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies.

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles.
His research and teaching interests include the literature of the long eighteenth century from both Britain and the Americas; critical theory; political philosophy; gender studies; imperialism; and eighteenth-century science writing. His essays have appeared in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Genders, Studies in English Literature, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. His first book is entitled Political Magic: British Fictions of Savagery and Sovereignty, 1650-1750 (Fordham, 2014).

Anne Lobeck (1990) Professor.
PhD, University of Washington.
A linguist, her area of expertise is syntactic theory and linguistics and education, and her courses include introductory linguistics, English grammar, syntactic theory, American dialects, the history of the English language, and linguistics and education. Among her publications are the following books: Ellipsis: Functional Categories, Licensing and Identification, Oxford University Press 1995; Discovering Grammar: An Introduction to English Sentence Structure, Oxford University Press, 2000; Language in the Schools: Integrating Linguistic Knowledge into K-12 Teaching (co-editor with Kristin Denham), Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc. 2005; Linguistics for Everyone (co-authored with Kristin Denham) Cengage, 2009; Linguistics at School: Language Awareness in Primary and Secondary Education (co-editor with Kristin Denham), Cambridge University Press 2010; Navigating English Grammar, (with Kristin Denham), Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Andrew Lucchesi (2016) Assistant Professor.
PhD, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Andrew teaches and researches Basic Writing, curriculum design, pedagogical theory, and advanced technical and professional writing. He also specializes in social justice and identity-based theories, including disability studies, queer theory, women's and gender studies, and critical race theory.

Kathleen Lundeen (1991) Professor.
PhD, University of California-Santa Barbara.
A specialist in British Romantic literature, she has published on Romantic poetry, literature and science, intermedial art, film, and biblical studies, and is the author of Knight of the Living Dead: William Blake and the Problem of Ontology. Her teaching interests include British Romanticism, critical and cultural theory, literature and science, biblical literature, epic poetry, and intermedial theory and art.

William Lyne (1995) Professor.
PhD, University of Virginia.
A specialist in American and African American Literature, he is the editor of Walking the Talk: An Anthology of African American Studies. His articles have appeared in PMLA, Arizona Quarterly, African American Review, Science and Society, and other journals and collections. He teaches courses in American literature, African American literature, and cultural studies.

Kelly Magee
(2008) Associate Professor & Academic Advisor: English-Creative Writing Emphasis.
MFA, Ohio State University.
She is the author of Body Language (University of North Texas Press), a story collection which won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, and With Animal, co-written with Carol Guess (Black Lawrence Press). Her writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, The Kenyon Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Passages North, Indiana Review, Word Riot, Literary Mama, Smokelong Quarterly, and others. She teaches fiction and creative nonfiction courses in the Creative Writing Program, as well as creative and literary courses in the Queer Studies Program.

Nicholas Margaritis (1989) Senior Instructor.
PhD, University of Virginia.
His areas of specialty include Greek and Roman Literature, Medieval Literature, Shakespeare, and Comparative Literature (with special interest in 19th and 20th century French and Russian Literature). He has published articles and translations of Cavafy and presented scholarly papers on Aeschylus, Dante, Chaucer, Proust, and Joyce. Additionally, he authored two full length plays, Philip of Macedon and Pushkin.

Cathy McDonald (2003) Senior Instructor.
PhD, University of Washington.
Cathy McDonald has been faculty at Western since 2003 and has taught courses numbered from English 100 to English 442. She typically teaches classes in linguistics, digital discourse, literacy, rhetoric, language and society, and even literary representations of disability. Her areas of specialization include rhetorical genre studies, language and discourse, and new media, and her scholarly pursuits theorize self-sponsored digital literacy, teaching with technology, the transferability of writing instruction, and  a rhetorical approach to teacher-training, an area of interest she developed while serving as Assistant Director of Composition 2003-2012.  While Cathy is newly interested in disability studies, pedagogy is the central and abiding claim to her work in the classroom and the academy.

Simon McGuire (2008) Senior Instructor.
MFA, University of Washington
Diploma in TESL, St Michael's College

He specializes in contemporary poetics and traditions and theories of the avant-garde. His work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets'’ New Voices: University and College Prizes, 1989-1998 (selected by Heather McHugh). He currently teaches courses in creative, academic, ESL and technical writing.

Mary Janell Metzger (1995) Professor.
PhD, University of Iowa.
A specialist in early modern drama, critical theory, contemporary women's literature and the teaching of English literature, she is the author of Shakespeare Without Fear: Teaching for Understanding (Heinemann 2004). She has published articles in journals and edited volumes such as Genre, Feminist Teacher, PMLA, and Historical Formalism. At present she is teaching courses in Literature and Philosophy, Women's and Global Literature in English, Critical Theory and English Studies methodologies.  Her recent publications have focused on philosophy and literature and the teaching of Shakespeare.

Brenda Miller (1999) Professor. 
PhD, University of Utah, MFA, University of Montana.
Her latest book is The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Books, 2012). She teaches creative nonfiction and multi-genre creative writing, as well as literature classes in autobiography, memoir, and the personal essay. She has received six Pushcart Prizes for her work, and her personal essays have appeared in such periodicals as The Georgia Review, Brevity, The Sun, Creative Nonfiction, and Fourth Genre. She is the author of Listening Against the Stone (Skinner House Books, 2011), Blessing of the Animals (EWU Press, 2009), and Season of the Body (Sarabande Books, 2002). She co-authored Tell it Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction (McGraw-Hill, 2003), with her colleague Suzanne Paola. She serves as the editor-in-chief of the Bellingham Review.



Nancy Pagh (1995) Senior Instructor.
PhD, University of British Columbia
She teaches a wide range of courses in creative writing, literature, and cultural studies and is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry (No Sweeter Fat and After) and one book of nonfiction (At Home Afloat).  Her poems appear in Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Poetry Northwest, Canadian Literature, RHINO 2014, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Conversations across Borders, Crab Creek Review, the Bellingham Review, O, The Oprah Magazine and other journals. Nancy has contributed to several anthologies, including Fire on Her Tongue; The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry; The Working Poet; When She Named Fire; and Private Voices, Public Lives.  She has received an Artist Trust Fellowship and was the 2008 D. H. Lawrence Fellow at the Taos Summer Writers Conference. She is currently writing a textbook called Write Moves: Creative Writing in Three Genres for Broadview Press.

Suzanne Paola (1994) Professor & Editor-in-Chief Bellingham Review.
MFA, University of Virginia.
She teaches creative writing, Womens Studies, and literature courses. Her latest book, Make Me a Mother: A Memoir, was published by W. W. Norton. A novella, "Stolen Moments," came out in 2013 and was an amazon bestseller in its category. Her first book of nonfiction, Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the year, also winning an American Book Award and placing in Amazons list of top ten memoirs. A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World, was published in 2005 by Penguin and also received numerous awards, including an Oprah's Bookshelf pick. Her last book of poetry, The Lives of the Saints, was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award for the best book of poems published that year, awarded by the Academy of American Poets. Other books include Bardo, winner of the Brittingham Prize for poetry, and Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction, a textbook published by McGraw-Hill. Individual pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Orion, Parade, The Wall Street Journal, Kenyon Review and many other journals and magazines. She has received other writing grants and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a grant from the state Artists Trust as well as a Pushcart prize.

Christopher Patton (2011) Senior Instructor.
PhD, University of Utah.
He is a poet, translator, and essayist with three published books: Ox, a volume of poetry (Signal Editions), Curious Masonry: Three Translations from the Anglo-Saxon (Gaspereau), and Jack Pine (Groundwood), a story in verse for children. His work has received the long poem prize from The Paris Review and three Pushcart nominations, and has appeared in FIELDThe Kenyon Review, Western Humanities Review, and other journals. He received his PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah in 2011 and now teaches courses in creative writing (poetry, creative non-fiction, and multi-genre) and literature (with an emphasis on avant-garde twentieth century American poetry).

Tony Prichard (2005) Senior Instructor.
PhD, European Graduate School.
His interests include continental aesthetics, critical theory, visual culture, science fiction, cinema and televisual studies, science fiction, contemporary fiction, and Afrofuturism.

Donna Qualley
(1994) Professor & Academic Advisor: Writing Studies Minor.
PhD, University of New Hampshire.

A specialist in theories and practices of teaching and learning, she teaches courses in writing studies, composition, composition theory, pedagogy, literacy studies, ethnographic writing and inquiry, and young adult literature. She is the
author of Turns of Thought: Teaching Composition as Reflexive Inquiry and is the co-editor of Pedagogy in the Age of Politics, a collection of essays about the politics of reading and writing in the academy. She is also the author of essays on writing transfer, critical reading, collaborative writing, feminist theory, and writing program administration.

Lysa M. Rivera (2007)
Associate Professor & Associate Chair.
PhD, University of Washington.
Dr. Rivera teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Chicano/a and African American literature and culture. Her current research interests center on the science fiction of multicultural America, specifically as it emerges within Chicano/a and African American contexts. Her work has appeared in MELUS: Journal for the Study of Multiethnic Literature, Aztlán:Journal of Chicano Studies, and Science Fiction Studies. She is the recipient of the 2013 Pioneer Award, which recognizes outstanding critical scholarship in the field of science fiction studies. Dr. Rivera currently serves on the editorial board for Femspec, an interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of speculative fiction within feminist contexts.

Jordan Sandoval
 (2008) Senior Instructor.
MA in Linguistics, University of Arizona

Rachel Sarkar (2014) Instructor.

Ely Shipley (2017) Assistant Professor.
MFA, Purdue University; Ph.D, University of Utah.

Ely Shipley is the author of Some Animal (Nightboat Books); Boy with Flowers, winner of the Barrow Street Press book prize judged
by Carl Phillips, the Thom Gunn Award, and finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; and On Beards: A Memoir of Passing, a letterpress chapbook from speCt! Books. His poems and cross-genre work also appear in the Western Humanities Review, Prairie chooner, Crazyhorse, Interim, Greensboro Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Witness, Diagram, Gulf Coast, Fugue, Third Coast, and elsewhere.

Richard Simon (2017) Instructor.

Kathryn Trueblood
(2002) Professor.
MFA, University of Washington.
Kathryn Trueblood was awarded the 2013 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, judged by Jane Smiley and sponsored by the Bellevue Literary Review. In 2011, she won the Red Hen Press Short Story Award and was selected for a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the oldest feminist funding agency in the U.S. Her most recent book, The Baby Lottery, was a Book Sense Pick in 2007, and her story collection, The Sperm Donor's Daughter, received a Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize in 2000. Her stories and articles have been published in Poets & Writers Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review, Glimmer Train, The Seattle Review, Zyzzyva, and others. A graduate of the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Program, she has worked in editorial for both mainstream and small press publishers. She teaches creative writing, editing and publishing, literature of wartime, and 1960s literature.

Brian J Twenter (2017) Visiting Assistant Professor
PhD, University of South Dakota
An undergraduate and graduate professor of Native and Indigenous Literatures and Cultures, his teaching and research interests include Native and Indigenous Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Autobiography, Traditional Oral Narratives, Popular Culture, Television, and Film; Native and Indigenous Studies, Cultures, and Histories; Ethnic and Multicultural Literatures; Trans-Indigenous Literatures; Environmental Studies; Rhetoric and Composition Pedagogy.


Steven L. VanderStaay (1996) Professor & Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
PhD, University of Iowa.
An English Education specialist, he teaches courses in English methods, creative nonfiction, literature and linguistics. His publications include Street Lives: An Oral History of Homeless Americans and a broad range of articles and essays on English methods, teacher education, writing, narrative analysis, and urban affairs.

Kathryn Vulić (2004) Associate Professor and Chair.
PhD, University of California-Berkeley.
A specialist in medieval literature, her teaching and research interests include devotional literature, manuscript studies, Chaucer and other Middle English poets, and vernacular writing. She has published and presented papers on the audiences and circumstances of composition of late medieval writings, medieval understandings of reading and literacy, and the influence of prayer rhetoric and meditative habits on the forms and content of Middle English texts.

Theresa Warburton
(2014) Assistant Professor.
PhD, SUNY-University at Buffalo.
Her specialties include feminist theory, women’s literature, Native literature, transnational and multiethnic literature, memoir, and anarchist studies.

Kami Westhoff (2007) Senior Instructor.
MFA Fiction, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Her fiction and poetry have appeared in journals including Meridian, Phoebe, Third Coast, River City, The Madison Review, and Sundog Lit. Her short story "The Ways You Are Gone" received the 2007 Editor's Prize from Carve Magazine. She teaches creative writing, and is the faculty adviser for Jeopardy Magazine.

Christopher Wise (1996) Professor.
PhD, University of California-Riverside.
Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, and African Studies.

Jane Wong (2017) Assistant Professor.
MFA, University of Iowa; PhD, University of Washington.
Dr. Wong teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in creative writing (poetry and hybrid form) and literature. Her research interests include Asian American poetry and poetics, transnational studies, the digital humanities, and multiethnic literature. A former U.S. Fulbright and Kundiman Fellow, she is the recipient of scholarships and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Hedgebrook. The recipient of The American Poetry Review's 2016 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize and a Pushcart Prize, her poems have appeared in places such as Best American Poetry 2015, Pleiades, Third Coast, Black Warrior Review, jubilat, and others. She is the author of the book Overpour (Action Books, 2016) and curator of the digital project The Poetics of Haunting in Asian American Poetry.




Jeanne Yeasting
(2002) Senior Instructor.
PhD, University of Washington & MFA Columbia University.
She teaches creative writing (poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction), as well as literature courses. A specialist in Romantic, Victorian, and Post-Colonial literature, her research interests include contemporary literature from India, Gothic literature, and conduct literature. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in various national and international journals and anthologies. In 2007, she was awarded a writing residency at Moulin à Nef in Auvillar France. She is currently working on a book of ekphrastic poetry related to the women and children of the Medici circle. She is committed to presenting her poetry in multimedia and collaborative performances.

Greg Youmans (2014) Assistant Professor.
PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz.
His research and teaching interests include film and media studies, documentary and experimental cinema, LGBTQ history and historiography, and queer and feminist theory.

Ning Yu (1993) Professor.
PhD, University of Connecticut.
He is a specialist in nineteenth-century American literature with a focus on Thoreau, American nature writing, and ecocriticism. He is also interested in the study of the transformation of Asian myths in the works of Asian American authors.