English Literature and Writing Faculty

English Literature and Writing Faculty

Meet the faculty who unite a community of readers and writers earning their B.A. in English Literature and Writing from Marylhurst. Whether students choose to complete the curriculum on Marylhurst’s Portland area campus or online, English literature and writing faculty encourage students to think critically, problem-solve creatively, and communicate clearly.

Keri Behre, Ph.D.

Keri Behre’s areas of expertise include Shakespeare, early modern drama, cultural food studies, material culture studies, digital archives, literary pedagogy, Anglo-Saxon poetry, and public humanities. As a public humanist, she believes that the history of the relationship between self, body, and food continues to be interesting and engaging to both academic and public audiences. Her current projects focus on the intersections of food and gender on the early modern stage. Read more… 

Perrin Kerns, Ph.D.

Perrin Kerns’ areas of expertise include modernism, feminist theory, women writers, poetics, creative nonfiction and her latest passion, digital storytelling. Prior to joining Marylhurst, she was assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Pacific University, where she started as an instructor. Before that, she was the assistant director of composition at University of Oregon. Kerns is also a filmmaker, and she has received national recognition for her documentary Between Sasquatch and Superman: Living with Down Syndrome. Read more…

Jay Ponteri, M.F.A.

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… 

Meg Roland, Marylhurst University

Meg Roland, Ph.D.

Meg Roland serves the Marylhurst community as associate professor and chair of the Literature and Art department.  Meg’s areas of expertise are Arthurian literature, manuscripts and early print culture, early modern maps, material written culture and textual theory. She is working on a new text, Of Poets and Astronomers: Literature, Maps and Geography in Late Medieval and Early Modern England. 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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