Darlene Pagán, PhD

Professor
(503) 352-2748
UC Box 
A142
Bates House 13

Office Hours Spring 2018: Mondays from 1:00 - 3:00PM, and by appointment.
Website: www.darlenepagan.com

Darlene Pagán is a Professor of Arts and Humanities at Pacific University, where she teaches creative nonfiction, research and writing, poetry, first-year seminar, and twentieth-century literature including courses such as Native American Literature and World Literature. She is an Associate Editor with Airlie Press in Portland, Oregon, and offers workshops in creative writing to the public including elementary schools, libraries, and community centers.

Since publishing a book of poems in 2015, Setting the Fires, Pagán recently completed a memoir project titled The Safest Place to Fall, which chronicles her struggles to diagnose and take care of her son, diagnosed with a rare inflammatory disease that prevents him from eating food, and will include some of her own cartooning. The project is expected to be completed in 2018, and she has already set her sights on a second book of poems and a middle grade fantasy.

Recent Publications

Books

Setting the Fires. Airlie Press, 2015.

Essays

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

“Women We Call Malo.” Memoir(and) 3.2 (2010): 93-95.

Poetry

Field, 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, and Apple Valley Review, among others.

Courses

ENGL 223 Native American Literature
ENGL 227 World Literature: Magical Realism
ENGW 201 Research and Writing
ENGW 206 Creative Writing, Poetry
ENGW 209 Creative Writing, Nonfiction
HUM 100 Storytelling: Potent Magic

Headlines

Guest speakers for the Master of Fine Arts in Writing June 2020 virtual residency include Omar El Akkad, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Mitchell Jackson, Barry Lopez, Emily Nemens, Anna Stein, Paul Tran, and Thomas Chatterton Williams. 

The Department of English is pleased to announce the winners of the Pacific University 2019 Writing Contests in the categories of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, literary analysis, and college writing.

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English Literature and and Creative Writing majors have been selected to present original work at the 2020 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention as well as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this March. 

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The Department of English is pleased to announce the newest membership of Alpha Chi Omega, Pacific University's chapter of the internal Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. The 2020 class includes six students in Art History, Creative Writing, Editing & Publishing, English Literature, and Spanish majors and minors.

Scott Korb

We are pleased to announce that Scott Korb will become the new Director of the MFA in Writing Program beginning in May, 2020.