Creative Writing MFA Faculty

Creative Writing Faculty

Award-wining faculty have united to lead a community of apprentice writers within Marylhurst’s progressive, cross-genre creative writing curriculum. Marylhurst apprentice writers benefit from the diversity in perspective, experience and context contributed by renowned faculty who also teach at other great institutions, including Northwestern, the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Portland State University.

Creative Writing Faculty

Jay Ponteri - Faculty - Marylhurst

Jay Ponteri, MFA

Jay Ponteri directs the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program at Marylhurst University and is the author of Darkmouth Inside Me and Wedlocked. The recipient of the 2013 Oregon Book Award and the Frank Waters Fellowship, Jay is also the founder of Show:Tell, The Workshop for Teen Artist and Writers. Jay serves as an instructor at Literary Arts, on the advisory board of the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) and on the board of Tavern Books, a poetry press. Read more… 

Rachel Jamison Webster, MFA

Rachel Jamison Webster is an instructor within the MFA in Creative Writing program at Marylhurst and is an Associate Professor and Director of the MFA program at Northwestern University. Rachel is the author of September and The Endless Unbegun, and the recipient of numerous awards including the Emerging Artist Award from the Poetry Foundation, and the Young Poets Prize from the Academy of American Poets. 

Marylhurst creative writing faculty

Matt Hart, MFA

Matt Hart is the Chair of the Humanities Department at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and an instructor within the Marylhurst MFA in Creative Writing program. Matt is the author of titles including Radiant Action, Radiant Companion, Who’s Who Vivid, Wolf face, Light-headed, Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless, and Debacle Debacle. In addition to teaching, Matt is the editor of the literary magazine, Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety. He is the recipient of the the Pushcart Prize and a Breadloaf Conference Fellowship.

Perrin Kerns - Faculty - Marylhurst

Perrin Kerns, Ph.D.

Dr. Perrin Kerns’ areas of expertise include modernism, feminist theory, women writers, poetics, creative nonfiction and her latest passion, digital storytelling. Dr. Kerns is also a filmmaker, and she has received national recognition for her documentary Between Sasquatch and Superman: Living with Down Syndrome.

Dr. Kerns directs the undergraduate creative writing program and Marylhurst’s writing center. She also engages MFA students in Creative Nonfiction and Digital Storytelling/Documentary. While attending the annual residency on-campus in Portland, MFA students will hear Dr. Kerns speak to literature and feminist theory.  Read more…

Jae Choi, Marylhurst, MFA

Jae Choi, MFA

Jae Choi’s poems have been published in The Volta, Tyrant Books, Tin House, The Iowa Review, LVNG, and Flying Object’s It’s My Decision series. Her chapbook Woman Carrying Thing was released by The Song Cave. Her work has also appeared within group exhibitions at 356 S. Mission, 3 Days Awake Gallery, and Good Press Glasgow. She has been a visiting faculty member with Reed College and currently teaches at Portland State University and Marylhurst University.

Brandon Shimoda, marylhurst mfa program

Brandon Shimoda, MFA

Brandon Shimoda’s most recent books are Evening Oracle (poetry/prose, Letter Machine, which received the 2016 William Carlos Williams Award), The Desert (poetry/prose, forthcoming from The Song Cave), and The Grave on the Wall (nonfiction, forthcoming from City Lights). He is currently researching/writing a book about the ongoing ruins of Japanese American incarceration. He lives, for now, in the desert.

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