Creative Writing & Literature


Elmaz Abinader

Elmaz Abinader

Professor of English
Mills Hall 313

Professional Interests: Creative writing, fiction and nonfiction, theories of creativity, teaching creative writing

Susan Ito

Susan K Ito

Assistant Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies

Professional Interests: Memoir, creative nonfiction, short fiction, unwrapping family stories and histories, writing as a means of discovering identity

Kim Magowan

Kim Magowan

Adjunct Professor of English
Aurelia H. Reinhardt Professor of American Literature
Mills Hall 349

Professional Interests: Nineteenth- and 20th-century American literature, modernism, the gothic, African American literature, and film.

Ajuan Mance

Ajuan M Mance

Professor of Ethnic Studies and English
Dean of Digital Learning and Innovation, Certificate for the Advancement of Digital Learning, Metz Chair for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching
Mills Hall 311

Professional Interests: African American literature, 19th-century American literature, US popular culture, the oral tradition in US literature, Black feminist thought, African American art

Margaret A Miller

Assistant Adjunct Professor of English
Patricia Powell

Patricia E Powell

Professor of English
W. M. Keck Foundation Professor of Creative Writing
Mills Hall 351

Professional Interests: Creative writing: fiction and nonfiction; Caribbean literature; African women writers; gay and lesbian literature; contemporary fiction

Kathryn L Reiss

Professor of English
Mills Hall 307

Professional Interests: Creative writing, fiction for juveniles and young adults, historical fiction, suspense fiction, literature and time

Kirsten Saxton

Kirsten T Saxton

Professor of English
Certificate for the Advancement of Digital Learning
Mills Hall 306

Professional Interests: Women and the law, the history of the novel, 18th-century British literature and culture, post-colonial literature and culture, theories of sexuality, pedagogy, composition studies

Juliana Spahr

Juliana M Spahr

Professor of English
Dean of Graduate Studies
Mills Hall 315

Professional Interests: Poetry and poetics, cultural studies, anti-colonial literature and theory

Thomas Strychacz

Thomas F Strychacz

Professor of English
Mills Hall 304

Professional Interests: American literature, mass culture, political and cultural approaches to literature, science fiction

Victor J Talmadge

Professor of Practice
Director of Theater Studies
Rothwell 143

Professional Interests: Stanislavsky, Meisner, Adler, M. Checkov. Member of AEA, CAEA, SAG/AFTRA, Dramatists Guild, Broadway/Off-Broadway and Regional Theater Actor, Film/TV Actor, Stage Director, Playwright, Documentary Theater

Truong D Tran

Adjunct Professor of English
Mills Hall 350

Professional Interests: Poetry and poetics, visual arts

Stephanie Young

Stephanie L Young

Adjunct Professor of English
Director of Creative Writing, Director of Graduate Programs, Literature and Languages
Mill Hall 317

Professional Interests: Contemporary poetry, cross-genre and hybrid writing, documentary poetics, performance, lyric essay and memoir, digital and new media, feminist theory, cultural studies, poetry communities and movements


Christina Fisher

Graduate Programs Coordinator

Mills Hall 319

Tonianne Nemeth

Departmental Administrator

Mills Hall 310

Stephanie Young

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Programs

Mills Hall 317