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Faculty Profiles

Katherine J. Anderson | Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi | Bruce Beasley | Michael Bell | Nicole R. Brown | Elizabeth Colen | Jeremy Cushman | Dawn Dietrich | Julie Dugger | Geraldine E. Forsberg | Marc Geisler | Allison Giffen | Bruce Goebel | Carol Guess | Lee Gulyas | Pam Hardman | Stefania Heim | Laura Laffrado | Jean Lee | Mark Lester | Justin Lewis | Christopher Loar | Andrew Lucchesi | William Lyne | Kelly Magee | Cathy McDonald | Simon McGuire | Mary Janell Metzger | Brenda Miller | Eren Odabasi | Nancy Pagh | Suzanne Paola | Tony Prichard | Donna Qualley | Lysa M. Rivera | Rachel Sarkar | Annmarie Sheahan | Ely Shipley | Kaitlyn Teer | Kathryn Trueblood | Steven L. VanderStaay | Kathryn Vulić | Theresa Warburton | Katie Weed | Kami Westhoff | Christopher Wise | Jane Wong | Jeanne Yeasting | Greg Youmans | Ning Yu

Katherine J. Anderson (2018) Assistant Professor & Academic Advisor: Literature
PhD, Indiana University
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A specialist in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, Anderson has published on torture, military trauma, and martyrdom in relation to Victorian studies, and is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled Twisted Words: Torture and Liberalism in Imperial Britain. The project argues for the centrality of torture to Victorian history and culture, and consequently, the importance of Victorian history and culture to a global and historical understanding of torture. Tracing acts and rhetorics of torture in India, Jamaica, South Africa, the South Pacific, and Britain itself, Anderson situates state-sanctioned exceptional violence in relation to nineteenth-century liberalism and changing narratives of citizenship and human rights. Twisted Words thus helps us better understand the global implications of contemporary state violence by establishing a longer historical genealogy of torture and terrorism sanctioned explicitly by liberal Western governments. Her research and teaching interests include empire, postcolonial, and global studies; gender and sexuality studies; critical terrorism studies; political theory and philosophy; human rights; moral philosophy; phenomenology; Anglophone literature.

Email: Katherine.Anderson@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Katherine J. Anderson

Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi (2019) Assistant Professor
MFA, University of California, San Diego
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Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi is the author of The Book of Kane and Margaret(FC2 / UAP) and Disintegration Made Plain and Easy (1913 Press). He was a community college student, a transfer student, attended two graduate programs in writing, was a writing tutor, was an adjunct instructor, and worked as college staff before joining WWU as faculty (i.e. went to college and never left). He is excited to talk and work with WWU students on a number of topics, including: first-year student transitions, transfer student transitions, first-generation student transitions, creative writing practice, poetry, fiction, speculative fiction, humor writing, standup comedy, submitting work for publication, graduate school preparation, and graduate school survival.

Personal Website: kiikak.com

 

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Bruce Beasley (1992) Professor
MFA, Columbia University; PhD, University of Virginia
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He is the author of eight 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); Theophobia (BOA Editions, 2012); and All Soul Parts Returned (BOA Editions, 2017). 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.

Personal Website: www.brucebeasley.net

Email: Bruce.Beasley@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Bruce Beasley

Michael Bell (2005) Senior Instructor
MA, Western Washington University
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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.

Email: Michael.Bell@wwu.edu

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Nicole R. Brown (2002) Associate Professor
PhD, Purdue University
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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.

Email: Nicole.Brown@wwu.edu

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Elizabeth Colen (2014) Instructor
MFA, University of Washington
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Elizabeth J. Colen is the author of What Weaponry, a novel in prose poems, poetry collections Money for Sunsets (Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2011) and Waiting Up for the End of the World: Conspiracies, flash fiction collection Dear Mother Monster, Dear Daughter Mistake, long poem / lyric essay hybrid The Green Condition, fiction collaboration Your Sick, and fiction collaboration True Ash, which was released in September 2018. Nonfiction editor at Tupelo Press, book reviewer for the American Book Review, and freelance editor/manuscript consultant, her research and teaching interests include queer literature, hybrid genres, experimental writing, ecopoetics, photography, literary and visual collage, and the physical embodiment of art practices.

Personal Website: http://elizabethjcolen.blogspot.com/

Email: Elizabeth.Colen@wwu.edu

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Jeremy Cushman (2013) Associate Professor
PhD, Purdue University
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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.

Email: Jeremy.Cushman@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Jeremy Cushman

Dawn Dietrich (1992) Associate Professor
PhD, University of Michigan
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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.

Email: Dawn.Dietrich@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Dawn Dietrich

Julie M. Dugger (2006) Senior Instructor
PhD, University of Chicago
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Julie M. Dugger works with popular literature from the eighteenth century to the present day. Her interests include 18th and 19th century British literature, Irish literature, genre theory, historiography, the novel, and the relationship between literature and politics. 

Email: Julie.Dugger@wwu.edu

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Geraldine E. Forsberg (2007) Senior Instructor
PhD, New York University
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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.

Email: Geri.Forsberg@wwu.edu

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Marc Geisler (1992) Associate Dean & Associate Professor
PhD, University of California, Irvine
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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.

Email: Marc.Geisler@wwu.edu

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Allison Giffen (2001) Professor
PhD, Columbia University
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A specialist in Early and nineteenth-century U.S. literature, her research focuses on women writers, childhood studies, popular literature, and disability studies. She has published in such journals as Legacy, Women’s Studies, American Transcendental Quarterly, and Early American Literature. She is currently the co-editor of Critical Childhood Studies: A Long 19C Digital Humanities Project, and has co-edited to two collections, Jewish First Wife, Divorced: The Correspondence of Ethel Gross and Harry Hopkins and most recently Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature. She is currently at work on a monograph titled, Afflicted Girls and Delinquent Boys: Disability, Race, and the Representation of Childhood in Post-Reconstruction America.

Email: Allison.Giffen@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Allison Giffen

Bruce Goebel (1996) Professor & Academic Advisor for Teaching Endorsement Options
PhD, University of Iowa
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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.

Email: Bruce.Goebel@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Bruce Goebel

Carol Guess (1998) Professor
MA English, MFA Poetry, Indiana University
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Carol Guess is the author of twenty books of poetry and prose, including Darling Endangered, Doll Studies: Forensics, Switch, and Tinderbox Lawn. A frequent collaborator, she writes across genres and illuminates historically marginalized material. Additional interests include Queer Studies and Critical Animal Studies. In 2014 she was awarded the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement by Columbia University. 

Personal Website: www.carolguess.blogspot.com

Email: Carol.Guess@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Carol Guess

Lee Gulyas (2006) Senior Instructor
MFA, University of British Columbia
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Lee Gulyas teaches Creative Writing, specializing in creative nonfiction. She writes nonfiction and poetry, and her work has appeared in The Common, Fugue, Event, The Malahat Review, reDIVIDer, Jet Fuel Review, and many others. Areas of interests include Art and Social Justice, Food Writing, and Independent Publishing, and is Affiliated Faculty with the Center for Canadian-American Studies.

Email: Lee.Gulyas@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Lee Gulyas

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

Email: Pam.Hardman@wwu.edu

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Stefania Heim (2019) Assistant Professor
PhD, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
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Stefania Heim is a scholar, translator, poet, editor, and educator. Her teaching and academic work focus on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, placing it in broad contexts of American literary history as well as translation networks and experimental practices. Her scholarly essays have appeared in Textual Practice, The Journal of Narrative Theory, Jacket2, through Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, in the edited volume 21|19: Contemporary Poets in the Nineteenth Century Archive, and elsewhere. Stefania is the recipient of a 2019 Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her book of translations, Geometry of Shadows: Giorgio de Chirico’s Italian Poems, was published in fall 2019 by A Public Space Books. She is also the author of two poetry collections, A Table That Goes On for Miles (Switchback 2014) and HOUR BOOK (Ahsahta 2019).  An active participant in the public work of her various fields, Stefania is a former poetry editor at Boston Review, a founding editor of CIRCUMFERENCE: Poetry in Translation, a board member of the Muriel Rukeyser Living Archive, and a recently elected member of the executive committee of the MLA Creative Writing forum.

Email: Stefania.Heim@wwu.edu

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Laura Laffrado (1993) Professor
PhD, SUNY-University at Buffalo
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An award-winning teacher, she is a specialist in early US literatures and cultures, her most recent book is Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature, which won the 2018 Society for the Study of American Women Writers Edition Award. 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.

Personal Website: https://wp.wwu.edu/laffrado/

Email: Laura.Laffrado@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Laura Laffrado

Jean Lee (2019) Assistant Professor
PhD,
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Email: Jean.Lee@wwu.edu

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Mark Lester (2004) Senior Instructor
PhD, University of Washington
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Mark Lester 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.

Email: Mark.Lester@wwu.edu

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Justin Lewis (2019) Instructor
PhD, Syracuse University
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A specialist in technical/professional communication and digital rhetoric, Justin's expertise is grounded in Rhetoric, Writing and Literacy studies. His research considers the ways that technical communication intersects with front-end and back-end user experience design (UXD). In so doing, he draws attention to the ways that digital rhetoric works itself out via interfaces, interactions, navigational structures and database architectures. Using a mixed-method research methodology heavily influenced by Activity Theory, Rhetorical Genre Studies and discourse analyses, his work explores the iterative relationship among language, individuals, tools and communities in digital contexts. He has published on technical communication, digital rhetoric, digital culture and digital intellectual property.

Personal Website: http://justinlewis.me

Email: Justin.Lewis@wwu.edu

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Christopher Loar (2013) Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
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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).

Personal Website: wp.wwu.edu/christopherloar

Email: Christopher.Loar@wwu.edu

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Andrew Lucchesi (2016) Assistant Professor & Director of Composition
PhD, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
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Andrew directs Western's first-year writing program and teaches courses in composition theory, disability studies, and teaching first-year writing. Along with Katie Weed, the Assistant Director of Composition, he writes the curriculum for English 101 and mentors the thirty graduate students who teach it. Currently he is developing courses in disability studies and conducting research about comic books, visual rhetoric, and game-based curriculum design.

 

Email: Andrew.Lucchesi@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Andrew Lucchesi

William Lyne (1995) Professor
PhD, University of Virginia
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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.

Email: William.Lyne@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: William Lyne

Kelly Magee (2008) Professor
MFA, Ohio State University

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She is the author of Body Language (University of North Texas Press 2006), winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, The Neighborhood (Gold Wake Press 2017), and A Guide to Strange Things (Redbird Chapbooks 2017), as well as several collaborative works, including With Animal (Black Lawrence Press 2015) and The Reckless Remainder (Noctuary Press 2017), both co-written with Carol Guess. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Hobart, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, Booth, and many others. She teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, and queer studies courses.

Personal Website: https://kellyelizabethmagee.com

Email: Kelly.Magee@wwu.edu

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Cathy McDonald (2003) Senior Instructor
PhD, University of Washington
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Cathy McDonald has been faculty at Western since 2003, teaching classes in writing studies, rhetoric, linguistics, language and society, literature, and literary representations of disability. In 2009, she won the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Kleinknecht Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2017 she joined the linguistics program as part-time faculty. Cathy loves teaching at Western and thinks the undergraduate and graduate students here are amazing.

Email: Cathy.McDonald@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Cathy McDonald

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

Email: Simon.McGuire@wwu.edu

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Mary Janell Metzger (1995) Professor
PhD, University of Iowa
Portrait of Mary Janell Metzger A specialist in early modern drama, critical theory, contemporary feminist literature and the teaching of English literature, she is the author of Shakespeare Without Fear: Teaching for Understanding (Heinemann 2004). She has published essays in journals and edited volumes such as Mosaic, Genre, Feminist Teacher, PMLA, and Teaching Social Justice Through Shakespeare. At present she is teaching courses in early modern literature, critical theory, and contemporary literature. Her most recent publications have focused on teaching social justice through literature. 

Email: Mary.Metzger@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Mary Janell Metzger

Brenda Miller (1999) Professor
MFA, University of Montana; PhD, University of Utah
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Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, including An Earlier Life (Ovenbird Books, 2016). She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction (Third Edition published 2019) and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Tupelo Quarterly, Sweet, Bellevue Literary Review, Fusion, and Psaltery and Lyre. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a Professor of Creative Writing, specializing in creative nonfiction.

Personal Website: www.brendamillerwriter.com

Email: Brenda.Miller@wwu.edu

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Eren Odabasi (2018) Assistant Professor & Academic Advisor: Film Studies Minor
MA, Bogazici University, Turkey; PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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His research and teaching interests include global cinema, media policy and governance, diasporic filmmakers and audiences, and auteur theory. He has presented and published several articles on film festivals, transnational film production, and the cinemas of India. As a film critic, he has written extensively for Altyazi, the oldest and most widely read print film monthly in Turkey. In recognition of his work in film criticism, he was invited to the Talents Program of the Berlin International Film Festival twice and served as a jury member in the Semaine de la Critique section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.

Email: Eren.Odabasi@wwu.edu

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Nancy Pagh (1995) Senior Instructor
PhD, University of British Columbia
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Nancy Pagh is a poet who teaches a wide range of courses in creative writing, literature, and cultural studies. Her most recent book is Write Moves: A Creative Writing Guide & Anthology (Broadview Press 2016). She has authored three collections of poetry (No Sweeter Fat, After, and Once Removed) and one book of nonfiction (At Home Afloat). Winner of the Autumn House Press book prize, the Floating Bridge Press chapbook competition, an Artist Trust fellowship, and the D. H. Lawrence fellowship at the Taos Summer Writers Conference, her work appears in Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Poetry Northwest, Canadian Literature, RHINO, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Conversations across Borders, Crab Creek Review, the Bellingham Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, and numerous other journals and anthologies. Nancy takes pride and pleasure in encouraging creative expression in her students; for this she was awarded the 2018 Ronald Kleinknecht Award for Excellence in Teaching at WWU.

Personal Website:https://nancypagh.com

Email: Nancy.Pagh@wwu.edu

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Suzanne Paola (1994) Professor
MFA, University of Virginia
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She teaches creative nonfiction, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and literature courses. Her latest book, Curious Atoms: A History with Physics, came out from Essay Press. Make Me A Mother: A Memoir, was published by W.W. Norton. A novella, Stolen Moments, was an Amazon best-seller in its category. Forthcoming books are a novel, Entangled Objects, coming out from Slant Books; a work of nonfiction, The Terrible Unlikelihood of Our Being Here, coming out from Ohio State University’s Twenty-First Essay series; and nonfiction book The Devil’s Castle, coming out from Counterpoint Press. Her first book of nonfiction, Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, one of Amazon’s Top Ten Memoirs of the year, and winner of an American Book Award. A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World, appeared on Oprah’s Bookshelf and was an Elle reader’s pick. Poetry books include Live of the Saints, a Lenore Marshall finalist, and Bardo, a Brittingham prize for poetry winner. A textbook, Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, was published by McGraw-Hill. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Orion, Parade, the Wall Street Journal, and many other journals and magazines. She serves as editor-in-chief of the Bellingham Review.

Personal Website: www.susantonetta.com

Email: Suzanne.Paola@wwu.edu

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

Personal Website: https://twitter.com/TonyPrichard

Email: Tony.Prichard@wwu.edu

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Donna Qualley (1994) Professor & Academic Advisor: Writing Studies Minor
PhD, University of New Hampshire
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A writing studies specialist with expertise in literacy studies and theories and practices of teaching and learning, she regularly teaches a range of writing, literacy and rhetoric courses and courses in young adult literature. She has also taught courses in ethnographic inquiry, grounded theory methods, and fairy tales. She is the author of Turns of Thought: Teaching Composition as Reflexive Inquiry and co-editor and contributor to Pedagogy in the Age of Politics, a collection of essays about reading and writing (in) the academy. She has written essays on writing and learning transfer, critical reading, collaborative writing, the teaching of writing and reading, and writing program administration. Her door is usually open. Stop by!

Email: Donna.Qualley@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Donna Qualley

Lysa M. Rivera (2007) Associate Professor
PhD, University of Washington
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She 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. 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.

Email: Lysa.Rivera@wwu.edu

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Rachel Sarkar (2014) Instructor
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Sarkar teaches writing as a survival skill for late capitalism. 

Email: Rachel.Sarkar@wwu.edu

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Annmarie Sheahan (2019) Assistant Professor & Academic Advisor for Teaching Endorsement Options
PhD, University of New Mexico
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A specialist in English education and young adult literature, Annmarie centers her work in research and theory in the teaching of English at the secondary level.  She is particularly interested in the history of literature instruction in the United States and studies how this history interacts with contemporary critical perspectives on literacy pedagogy. Much of her research has been focused on the interplay between canonical works, nontraditional texts, young adult literature, and multimodality in diverse, urban classrooms, and looks to examine the daily pedagogical choices pre-service and practicing teachers make regarding the teaching of literature in the face of neoliberal reforms. Her work also explores critical praxis research, testimonio, and participatory action research as critically conscious research methodologies that bridge the divide between practitioner and scholar.  She is the author of articles appearing in English Journal, English Education, SIGNAL Journal, Race Ethnicity and Education, Critical Studies in Education, and others. 

Email: Annmarie.Sheahan@wwu.edu

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Ely Shipley (2017) Associate Professor
MFA, Purdue University; PhD, University of Utah
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Ely Shipley is the author of Some Animal (Nightboat Books), winner of the Publishing Triangle’s Trans and Gender Variant Literature Award and finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; 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 Schooner, Crazyhorse, Interim, Greensboro Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Witness, Diagram, Gulf Coast, Fugue, Third Coast, and elsewhere.

Personal Website: http://elyshipley.org

Email: Ely.Shipley@wwu.edu

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Kaitlyn Teer
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Email: Kaitlyn.Teer@wwu.edu

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Kathryn Trueblood (2002) Professor
MFA, University of Washington
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Kathryn Trueblood has been awarded the Goldenberg Prize for Fiction and the Red Hen Press Short Story Award. Her work is situated firmly in the medical humanities. Her most recent book, Take Daily As Needed, treats parenting while chronically ill with the desperado humor the subject deserves (University of New Mexico Press, 2019). Her previous novel, The Baby Lottery, dealt with the repercussions of infertility in a female friend group (a Book Sense Pick in 2007). Her story collection, The Sperm Donor’s Daughter, takes a look at assisted reproduction and received a Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize in 2000. Trueblood’s stories and articles have been published in Poets & Writers Magazine, the Bellevue Literary Review, Medical Literary Messenger, The Los Angeles Review, Glimmer Train, The Seattle Review, Literary Mama, Zyzzyva, and others. She is a member of The Red Badge Project, a non-profit organization serving active duty soldiers and veterans in Washington through the use of storytelling techniques. Trueblood teaches creative writing, editing and publishing, literature of wartime, and 1960s literature.

Personal Website: http://kathryntrueblood.com

Email: Kathryn.Trueblood@wwu.edu

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Steven L. VanderStaay (1996) Professor & Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
PhD, University of Iowa
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A literacy specialist, he teaches courses in English methods, creative nonfiction, and literature. His publications include Street Lives: An Oral History of Homeless Americans and a broad range of articles and essays on language arts, culturally-appropriate instruction, ethnographic methods, reading research, urban affairs, and student success in college.

Email: Steven.Vanderstaay@wwu.edu

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Kathryn Vulić (2004) Professor & Department Chair
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Portrait of Kathryn Vulic

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.

Email: Kathryn.Vulic@wwu.edu

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Theresa Warburton (2014) Associate Professor & Associate Chair
PhD, SUNY-University at Buffalo
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Theresa Warburton is an interdisciplinary literary scholar whose work focuses on the intersections of literature and radical social movements. Focusing on Native and Indigenous literatures of North American and Oceania, her work explores both the historic and potential relationships between literary production and radical political intervention. Entitled Other Worlds Here: Honoring Native Women's Writing in Contemporary Anarchism Movements, her current book project explores how the political, aesthetic, and rhetorical interventions of 21st century Native women's literatures can aid in addressing some of the limitations of current anti-authoritarian movements in North America. Along with Cowlitz writer Elissa Washuta, she is also the co-editor of Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers. Her work has appeared Cultural Studies / Critical Methodologies, Upping the Anti, and Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, where she is also a member of the editorial collective.

Email: Theresa.Warburton@wwu.edu

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Katie Weed (2018) Instructor & Assistant Director of Composition
MA, California State University, Northridge; MFA, Western Washington University
Portrait of Katie Weed

Her research interests include ethnomusicology, memoir, screenwriting, and satire. She reviews books for Shelf Awareness and serves as Book Review Editor for Psaltery & Lyre. She has worked in music, film production, and on documentaries, and her writing has appeared in Cycle California! and the forthcoming Punk Beyond Rock: Essays on the Continuing Influence of a Radical Cultural Scene (Ed. Andrew J. Wood).

Email: Katie.Weed@wwu.edu

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Kami Westhoff (2007) Senior Instructor
MFA Fiction, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Portrait of Kami Westhoff

Kami Westhoff is the author of Sleepwalker, winner of Minerva Rising’s Dare to Be Contest, and Your Body a Bullet, co-written with Elizabeth Vignali. Her poetry and prose have appeared in journals including Booth, Carve, Hippocampus, Meridian, Passages North, The Pinch, Redivider, Waxwing, and West Branch. Her story “The Ways You Are Gone,” won Carve Editor’s Prize in 2007, and was recently published in Carve’s Ways of Looking, Volume 1. Kami teaches creative writing and serves as faculty adviser for Jeopardy Magazine.

Email: Kami.Westhoff@wwu.edu

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Christopher Wise (1996) Professor
PhD, University of California, Riverside
Portrait of Christopher Wise

Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, and African Studies.

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Personal Website: https://www.christopherawise.com

Email: Christopher.Wise@wwu.edu

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Jane Wong (2017) Assistant Professor & Academic Advisor: English Creative Writing
MFA, University of Iowa; PhD, University of Washington
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Jane 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.  Her poems can be found in places such as Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, POETRY, AGNI, Third Coast, New England Review, and others. Her essays have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, McSweeney's, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, This is the Place: Women Writing About Home, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a 2018 Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from the U.S. Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, 4Culture, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf, Willapa Bay AiR, Hedgebrook, the Jentel Foundation, SAFTA, Sarabande, and Mineral School. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016) and How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James Books, forthcoming). In 2017, she received the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist award for Washington artists. In 2019, she debuted her first solo art exhibit, “After Preparing the Altar, the Ghosts Feast Feverishly," at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. A scholar of Asian American poetry and poetics as well, you can explore "The Poetics of Haunting" project here.

Personal Website: www.janewongwriter.com

Email: Jane.Wong@wwu.edu

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Jeanne Yeasting (2002) Senior Instructor
PhD, University of Washington & MFA Columbia University
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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.

Email: Jeanne.Yeasting@wwu.edu

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Greg Youmans (2014) Associate Professor
PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
Portrait of Greg Youmans Greg Youmans is a film and media scholar specializing in American, queer, experimental, and documentary cinemas. His scholarship has appeared in such journals as Camera Obscura, Found Footage, Jump Cut, and Millennium Film Journal, as well as various anthologies and exhibition catalogs including the Oxford Handbook of Queer Cinema. His first book was on the paradigm-shifting gay and lesbian documentary Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (dir. Mariposa Film Group, 1977). His second book, tentatively titled “Something New Under the Sun: Bay Area Queer Filmmaking Across the 1970s,” is supported by an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital and the Andy Warhol Foundation. He is also a writer, critic, and videomaker. He was a 2016 Writer in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. His criticism has appeared in Dirty Looks, e-flux, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. And his video work has screened at many film festivals and museums, including the Tate Modern, Anthology Film Archives, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Email: Greg.Youmans@wwu.edu

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Ning Yu (1993) Professor
PhD, University of Connecticut
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Ning Yu 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.

Lately Yu developed his ecocritical studies into Chinese Tang Dynasty poetry and translated from Medieval Chinese to modern English two collections of Tang Poems (2014, Shanghai; 2015, Seattle) that focus on the nonhuman environment. Since 2016, he has published in Chinese language four critical articles in top Chinese scholarly journals and twenty creative nonfiction essays, two of which have been included in The Best Essays of the Year (2018, 2019).

Email: Ning.Yu@wwu.edu

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