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 - Faculty - Marylhurst

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 - Faculty - Marylhurst

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 - Faculty - Marylhurst

Jay Ponteri, M.F.A.

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… 

Meg Roland - Faculty - Marylhurst

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…

Creative Writing Faculty

Marylhurst students benefit from the support of creative writing 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.

Chuck Caruso, Marylhurst University

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 PLANETTHE 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 - Faculty - Marylhurst

Jay Ponteri, M.F.A.

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… 

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 BooksFonograf 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 writing program. Are you looking for a particular faculty member or simply interested in learning more? Explore Marylhurst faculty biographies.

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