Darlene Pagán, PhD

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Office Hours

Wednesdays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Courses I've Taught

Native American Literature

First Year Seminar

Creative Nonfiction

World Literature — Magical Realism

Women’s Literature

Latin American Literature

Chicano/a Literature

Poetry and Performance


PhD University of Texas, Dallas, Texas

Master of Arts Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.

Bachelor of Arts Aurora University, Aurora, Ill.

Most Recent Publications


Setting the Fire, forthcoming with Airlie Press, 2015.


“After the Parade.”  Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction 37 (2011). 

“Women We Call Malo.”  Memoir(and).  3.2 (2010):  93-5.


Blue Ghosts.  Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, March, 2011.


Hiram Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Cold Mountain Review, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Poet Lore, Apple Valley Review, among others.

Favorite Books

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

The Art of Drowning by Billy Collins

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

Emplumada by Lorna Dee Cervantes

So Far From God by Ana Castillo

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

What Fuels Me

Writing and revision (every exhausting part of it), reading, rain, activism and kindnesses in all their miniscule and audacious forms, travel, fog, discoveries, surprises, the beach, taking off on an airplane, landing, taking risks, landing, painting my son’s toenails hot pink, hope, hand holding, hiking, joy, laughing, hearing others laugh, long walks, fear, my friends, my family, my husband, my boys.


For more information see creative work

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Bates House 13 (Forest Grove)