Creative Writing Faculty

English Literature and Writing Program at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon

Creative Writing Faculty: B.A. in English Literature and Writing at Marylhurst

Marylhurst’s creative writing degree program continues to benefit from the support of faculty who are published authors, poets, philanthropists and thought leaders recognized both locally and nationally for their contributions to the literary arts. Over the years, faculty have continued to contribute personal and professional experiences to classroom discussions, while encouraging a culture rooted in curiosity and quality. Students graduate and find themselves included in a network of Marylhurst faculty and alumni who encourage and advocate for one another’s professional accomplishments.

John Caruso

An author of genre fiction including crime, horror, and dark westerns, Chuck Caruso has published short fiction extensively online and in a variety of print magazines and anthologies. His work has been mentioned on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and his story “They’ll Call Me Whistlin’ Pete” was selected for inclusion in Kwik Krimes, Otto Penzler’s best-of-the-web crime anthology. Read more…

Emily Kendal Frey

Emily Kendal Frey  is the author of several chapbooks and chapbook collaborations, including FRANCES, AIRPORT, BAGUETTE, and THE NEW PLANET. THE GRIEF PERFORMANCE, her first full-length collection, won the Norma Farber First Book Award from The Poetry Society of America in 2012. Her second collection, SORROW ARROW, won the Oregon Book Award in 2015Read more… 

Ger Killeen

Ger has served the Marylhurst community since 1998, teaching Irish Literature, Poetry, Creative Writing, and Literary Theory.

Ger’s work has been widely published in journals and magazines both in the US and abroad including: American Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, Oregon Coast Magazine, Portland Review, The Oregonian, Free Verse … read more.

Laura Moulton

Laura Moulton is the founder of Street Books, a bicycle-powered mobile library that serves people who live outside in Portland, Oregon. She has taught writing in public schools, prisons, and teen shelters, and is an adjunct professor at Marylhurst University. Read more…

Jay Ponteri

Jay Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University and show:tell, The Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists. He is the founding editor of both the online literary magazine M Review and HABIT Books, a publisher of prose and poetry chapbooks. His memoir, Wedlocked, published by Hawthorne Books in April 2013, won an Oregon Book Award. His chapbook of short prose, Darkmouth Strikes Again, was published by Future Tense Books, summer 2013. Read more… 

Natalie Serber

Natalie Serber is the author of a memoir, Community Chest, and the story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, a summer reading selection from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Book of the Pacific Northwest. Natalie teaches fiction and the personal essay at Marylhurst University. Read more… 

Drew Swenhaugen

Drew Scott Swenhaugen is a poet, editor, and book designer living in Seattle, Washington. He is the managing editor of Gramma Poetry, and is the book designer for Octopus Books, Fonograf Editions, and The Elephants, among others. He is the author of Big, published by Dikembe in 2016. Read more…

These are only a few of the respected faculty who support the English literature and creative writing program. Are you looking for a particular faculty member or simply interested in learning more? Explore Marylhurst faculty biographies.

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