Faculty Profiles

Katherine J. Anderson | Bruce Beasley | Michael Bell | Nicole R. Brown | Elizabeth Colen | Emily Curtis | Jeremy Cushman | Kristin Denham | Dawn Dietrich | Julie Dugger | Geraldine E. Forsberg | Margaret Fox | Marc Geisler | Allison Giffen | Bruce Goebel | Carol Guess | Lee Gulyas | Pam Hardman | Stefania Heim | Nancy J. Johnson | Kristiana Kahakauwila | Laura Laffrado | Mark Lester | Christopher Loar | Anne Lobeck | Andrew Lucchesi | William Lyne | Kelly Magee | Nicholas Margaritis | Cathy McDonald | Simon McGuire | Mary Janell Metzger | Brenda Miller | Eren Odabasi | Nancy Pagh | Suzanne Paola | Dayna Patterson | Christopher Patton | Tony Prichard | Donna Qualley | Lysa M. Rivera | Rachel Sarkar | 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
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

Bruce Beasley (1992) Professor
MFA, Columbia University; PhD, University of Virginia
Portrait of Bruce Beasley

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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Emily Curtis (2016) Instructor
PhD, University of Washington; EdD, University of Washington
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Emily teaches ENGL 370 and other courses in Linguistics. Her interests are in general linguistics pedagogy and service (e.g., in heritage language teaching and revitalization), syllable phonology, sociolinguistics, Korean and Lushootseed. She has co-authored a Korean textbook series and a Korean grammar and recently worked alongside a local indigenous language teaching program.

Email: Emily.Curtis@wwu.edu

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Jeremy Cushman (2013) Assistant 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

Kristin Denham (2000) Professor & Director of Linguistics
PhD, University of Washington
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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), Linguistics at School: Language Awareness in Primary and Secondary Education (Cambridge University Press, 2010) (both co-edited with Anne Lobeck), Why Study Linguistics (co-authored with Anne Lobeck, Routledge, 2018), and has also authored numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Personal Website: www.kristindenham.net

Email: Kristin.Denham@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Kristin Denham

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
Portrait of Julie Dugger

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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Margaret Fox (2006) Senior Instructor
MA, Western Washington University
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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.

Email: Margaret.Fox@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
Portrait of Allison Giffen

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 has co-edited 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: Religion, Girlhood, and the Representation of Disability in Nineteenth-Century Popular Literature.

Email: Allison.Giffen@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Allison Giffen

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

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 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.

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 (2018) Visiting Assistant Professor
PhD, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Portrait of Stefania Heim

Stefania Heim is a scholar, poet, translator, editor and educator dedicated to the intersections between those pursuits. Her essays on 20th-century and contemporary American poetry, women, war, and experimental practice have appeared in The Journal of Narrative Theory, Textual Practice, Jacket2, and through Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. An essay on Walt Whitman, amputation, and archives is forthcoming in the edited collection 21 | 19: Essays in Proximity. She is author of the poetry collections A Table That Goes On for Miles (Switchback Books 2014) and HOUR BOOK, chosen by Jennifer Moxley as winner of the Sawtooth Prize and forthcoming in early 2019 by Ahsahta Press. Geometry of Shadows, her book of translations of metaphysical artist Giorgio de Chirico’s Italian poems, is forthcoming from APS Books. She is the recipient of a 2019 Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Email: Stefania.Heim@wwu.edu

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Nancy J. Johnson (1994) Professor (Retired, Winter 2019)
PhD, Michigan State University
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A specialist in children's and young adult literature and English/language arts education, Johnson is the 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. She served on the 2017 Batchelder Committee for translated books written for children and teens, the 2013 Caldecott Award selection committee, the 2003 Newbery Award selection committee, and a two-year term on the Amelia Walden Award selection committee for young adult literature. She was appointed to serve on ALA's Arbuthnot Lecture selection committee for 2020. In 2003 Johnson received the Arbuthnot Award granted by the International Reading Association for teaching and advocacy of children’s literature. Active in NCTE 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 and is the co-director of WWU's PoetryChat, a special collections site focused on poetry for children and teens. Her research interests include children’s/young adult literature, English/language arts education and multimodal forms of reader response.

Email: Nancy.Johnson@wwu.edu

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Kristiana Kahakauwila (2012) Associate Professor & Academic Advisor for English Creative Writing
MFA, University of Michigan
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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.

Personal Website: kristianakahakauwila.com

Email: Kristiana.Kahakauwila@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Kristiana Kahakauwila

Laura Laffrado (1993) Professor
PhD, SUNY-University at Buffalo
Portrait of Laura Laffrado

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: The Ella Higginson Recovery Project

Email: Laura.Laffrado@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Laura Laffrado

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

Email: Mark.Lester@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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Anne Lobeck (1990) Professor
PhD, University of Washington
Portrait of Anne Lobeck

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.

Personal Website: myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/annelob/

Email: Anne.Lobeck@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Anne Lobeck

Andrew Lucchesi (2016) Assistant Professor & Director of Composition
PhD, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Portrait of Andrew Lucchesi

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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.

Personal Website: www.DisabilityWrites.com

Email: Andrew.Lucchesi@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Andrew Lucchesi

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

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) Associate Professor & Academic Advisor: English Creative Writing
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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Nicholas Margaritis (1989) Senior Instructor
PhD, University of Virginia
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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.

Email: Nicholas.Margaritis@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 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.

Email: Mary.Metzger@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Mary Janell Metzger

Brenda Miller (1999) Professor
MFA, University of Montana; PhD, University of Utah
Portrait of Brenda Miller

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Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life (Ovenbird Books, 2016). She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction 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, and Psaltery and Lyre. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University.

Personal Website: www.brendamillerwriter.com

Email: Brenda.Miller@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Brenda Miller

Eren Odabasi (2018) Assistant Professor
MA, Bogazici University, Turkey; PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Portrait of Eren Odabasi

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
Portrait of Suzanne Paola

She teaches creative writing, Womens 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 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 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: Creating, Refining, and Publishing 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. She serves as the editor-in-chief of the Bellingham Review.

Personal Website: www.susantonetta.com

Email: Suzanne.Paola@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Suzanne Paola

Dayna Patterson (2018) Instructor
MFA, Western Washington University; MA, Texas State University-San Marcos
Portrait of Dayna Patterson

Dayna Patterson is the author of If Mother Braids a Waterfall, a collection of lyric prose and poetry forthcoming from Signature Books (2020). She is a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry (Peculiar Pages, 2018). Her creative work has appeared in AGNI, Hotel Amerika, North American Review, So to Speak, Sugar House Review, Western Humanities Review, Zone 3, and others. She is a former managing editor of Bellingham Review, founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre, and poetry editor for Exponent II Magazine.

Personal website: www.daynapatterson.com

Email: Dayna.Patterson@wwu.edu

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Christopher Patton (2011) Senior Instructor
PhD, University of Utah
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Poet, translator, essayist. His most recent book is Unlikeness Is Us (Gaspereau, 2018), a volume of translations from Old English. The opening section of Ox, his first book of poems, received the Paris Review’s long poem prize. His other books: Curious Masonry (Gaspereau, 2011), another volume of Old English translations, and Jack Pine (Groundwood, 2007), a story in verse for children. His work has appeared recently in Asymptote, New American Writing, Colorado Review, The Kenyon Review. Multimedia work from his current project, SCRO, has been shown at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Whatcom Museum. He teaches courses in creative writing and literature, with emphases on ecopoetics, visual poetry, avant-garde twentieth-century American poetry. He’s also the Faculty Advisor to Occam’s Razor.

Personal Website: theartofcompost.com

Email: Christopher.Patton@wwu.edu

Faculty Website: Christopher Patton

Tony Prichard (2005) Senior Instructor
PhD, European Graduate School
Portrait of Tony Prichard

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

Faculty Website: Tony Prichard

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

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 & Associate Chair
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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Email: Rachel.Sarkar@wwu.edu

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

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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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.

Email: Steven.Vanderstaay@wwu.edu

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Kathryn Vulić (2004) Professor & Department Chair
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
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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) Assistant Professor
PhD, SUNY-University at Buffalo
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Her specialties include feminist theory, women’s literature, Native literature, transnational and multiethnic literature, memoir, and anarchist studies.

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
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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
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Kami Westhoff is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Sleepwalker, which won the 2016 Dare to Be Award from Minerva Rising Press, and Your Body a Bullet, co-written with Elizabeth Vignali. Her work has appeared in various journals including Meridian, Third Coast, Passage North, The Pinch, West Branch, Redivider, Hippocampus and Waxwing. She teaches creative writing, and is the faculty adviser for Jeopardy Magazine.

Email: Kami.Westhoff@wwu.edu

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

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

Email: Christopher.Wise@wwu.edu

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Jane Wong (2017) Assistant Professor
MFA, University of Iowa; PhD, University of Washington
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She 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.

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
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His research and teaching interests include film and media studies, documentary and experimental cinema, LGBTQ history and historiography, and queer and feminist theory.

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.

Email: Ning.Yu@wwu.edu

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