Photograph of Professor Postma.

Kathlene Postma, PhD

(503) 352-2859
UC Box 
Abigail Scott Duniway House 104

Office Hours

Tuesday noon to 1 p.m., or by appointment

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then.

ENGL 342 | Studies in Fiction

ENGL 308 | Advanced Fiction Writing

ENGL 466 | Literary Magazine Production

ENGL 498 | Senior Seminar: Creative Writing

HUM 100 | First Year Seminar


PhD Fiction Writing and 20th Century Women Writers, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisc.

Master of Arts in Fiction Writing, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich.

Bachelor of Arts in English with a emphasis on Creative Writing, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich.

About Professor Postma

I write fiction, a highly addictive form of mythmaking. My work includes guiding students in their own pursuits as writers and readers of literature. All day and far into the night I am surrounded by stories — my own, those of authors of all kinds, and especially those produced by the talented students in my classes. We inhabit fiction; the characters become us. A good story can take us beyond our differences. It is a deep and crucial form of communication.

Pacific University embraces the ethos that we are citizens of the world. For me that means using my skills to help children at orphanages in China get the education they need. I co-founded and chair the board for Fuling Kids International, a registered nonprofit organization. Recently I mentored women writers in Afghanistan through the Afghan Women Writers Project. In these endeavors I get to be a student, writer and friend. I collaborate with people who press on against great odds to improve their lives and the lives of others. Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


Stories, poems and nonfiction in Willow Springs, Los Angeles Review, Event, Hawai’i Review, Red Rocks Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Fugue, Passages North, Green Mountains Review, Rattle, Natural Bridge, Blood Lotus, Red Cedar Review, American Studies of Turkey, and other magazines.

Editor in Chief, Silk Road, A Literary Crossroads 


Pacific University Junior Faculty Award

Cora Kempter Meyer Award for excellence in teaching

Hedgebrook Writers Residency to work on my novel-in-process, A Boat on a Lake in the Dark

Nonfiction cited in Best American Travel Writing

Visiting Professor

Sichuan University in China 

Bilkent University in Turkey 

Community and World Service

Chair and co-founder of Fuling Kids International, an organization that helps children of all abilities at the Fuling Orphanage in China. Also co-founded and serve on the board of directors for Zhanjiang Kids Organization

Mentor for the Afghan Women Writers Project 

Faculty Advisor for PLUM, Pacific’s Literature by Undergraduates Magazine


Bonnie Jo Campbell, Leslie Jamison, Meghan Daum, and Laura Kasischke

Guest speakers for the Master of Fine Arts in Writing January 2020 residency include Laura Kasischke, Meghan Daum, Leslie Jamison, and Bonnie Jo Campbell.

Author Readings with Willy Vlautin

Pacific's Master of Fine Arts in Writing program once again hosts readings by some of the world’s finest contemporary writers during the program's 10-day spring residency.

Charli Elliot sitting on grass with a book

Creative writing major and basketball player Charli Elliott '19 will deliver a commencement address — then go on to Taiwan to teach English as a second language.