College of Arts and Sciences
English Department

2015-16 Visiting Writers

  • Deborah Poe

     The English Department welcomes Deborah Poe to Seattle University in Winter 2016 to teach Poetry off the Page: Creating Multimedia Poetry (ENGL 3910-04).

    Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections Keep (in circulation), the last will be stone, too  (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). Deborah also co-edited Between Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Fiction and Criticism  (Peter Lang) and is working on finding a home for her first full-length novel. Her work has appeared in journals like Denver Quarterly , Court Green , Loose Change , Colorado Review, and Jacket2 , and in anthologies such as Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women & Place and In/Filtration: An Anthology of Innovative Poetry from the Hudson River Valley . Her visual works-including video poems and handmade book objects-have been exhibited at Pace University (New York City), Casper College (Wyoming), Center for Book Arts (New York City), University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson), University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF "a light festival" (Seattle), as well as online with Peep/Show , Trickhouse , and The Volta .

    Associate professor of English at Pace University, Pleasantville, Deborah directs the creative writing program and founded and curates the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit. She has also taught at Western Washington University, Binghamton University, SUNY, the Port Townsend Writer's Workshop in Washington, and Casa Libre en La Solana in Tucson.

    Poetry continues to evolve in exciting ways, including translation into other mediums such as audio, bookmaking, photography, and video. Deborah's multimedia poetry course offers ways to explore and experiment with the potential of language, images, and sound in poems for different levels of auditory, visual, and kinetic experiences off the page.

    Kris Saknussemm

    SaknussemmThe English Department welcomes Kris Saknussemm to Seattle University in Winter 2016 to teach Genre Fiction (ENGL 3910-03).

    Kris Saknussemm graduated with Distinction from Dartmouth College and holds an M.A. from the University of Washington. He is the author of twelve books that have been translated into 22 languages. His first novel, Zanesville, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award and has gone on to become a cult favorite in Russia and Poland. His second genre bending book, Private Midnight, became a bestseller in France and Italy, and is now under development option in Hollywood. Last year, his world-produced stage play The Humble Assessment was turned into an independent feature film, for which he wrote the screenplay.

    Kris has won many contests and awards, including First Prize in the Boston Review  and River Styx  Short Story Contests, and the 10-Minute Play Competition for the Missouri Review . He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and was the 2012 Gallagher Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute of UNLV.

    He is excited to be teaching the Genre course at SU, which he says will help students better understand the powerful storytelling techniques that genre fiction has to offer. "As so-called literary fiction battles ever harder for audience and cultural attention, you can't ignore that genre fiction, across almost every category, is alive and strong. At the same time, many of our most highly regarded literary writers are turning to genre for inspiration. We're going to tap into this energy. There are some great assignments and special guest visitors lined up. I'm stoked for a very charged quarter."