Darlene Pagan

Darlene Pagán




UC Box: A142

Office: Bates House 13

Office Hours:

Wednesdays 9:30-11:30am


PhD University of Texas, Dallas, TX.

Master of Arts Illinois State University, Normal, IL.

Bachelor of Arts Aurora University, Aurora, IL.

Courses I've Taught

First Year Seminar

Creative Nonfiction

World Literature—Magical Realism

Women’s Literature

Latin American Literature

Chicano/a Literature

Poetry and Performance


Most Recent Publications


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


“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.