2016/2017 Delve Program Guides
Béalleka is a Kenyan-born, Portland-based writer, storyteller and “recovering academic.” For a decade (as Lynn Makau) she taught African American literature and gender and women’s studies at Colgate University, Michigan State University, and Willamette University. Her scholarly work focuses on intersectional politics and contemporary representations of American slavery in fiction, film and visual media. She is the recipient of two MacArthur Teaching and Research Fellowships, and a publication grant from the American Association of University Women. Her essay on breastfeeding in Beloved as a fugitive act appears in the anthology Victim No More: Women’s Resistance to Law, Culture and Power (2009). The journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society (2014) published her account of teaching affective readings of the film Django Unchained. She is currently writing a memoir that explores her healing path, and establishing a business offering cross-cultural competency and life coaching.
Kelly Austin has graduate degrees in literature from Claremont, Cambridge, and UCLA. Most recently she taught Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature at the University of Chicago, focusing on poetry in the Americas and translation studies. She has also led literature seminars for the Illinois Humanities Council’s Odyssey Project, Newberry Library, and the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Lucas Bernhardt holds MAs in English and in Writing from Portland State University, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He manages the Portland State University Writing Center and is managing editor of Propeller Quarterly, a literature and art magazine.
John Brehm is the author of two books of poems, Help Is On the Way and Sea of Faith, both from the University of Wisconsin Press, and the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. A two-time Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient, he has an MFA from Cornell University and has taught at Cornell, Emerson College, and Portland State University.
Jay Clarke is a writer, musician, composer, and former English professor. He holds an MA in English from Oregon State University.
Trevor Dodge is the author of three collections of short fiction (Ruiner, The Laws of Average and Everyone I Know Lives On Roads), a novella (Yellow #10), and collaborator on the writing anti-textbook Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Writing. His most recent work has appeared in The Butter, Little Fiction, Hobart, and Western Humanities Review. Trevor studied with David Foster Wallace in Illinois State University’s graduate program from 1996-1998, and now teaches writing, literature, and comics studies at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City.
Satya Doyle Byock
Satya Doyle Byock is a Jungian psychotherapist in private practice in downtown Portland. Her previous Delve Seminars have included Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces and Carl Jung’s Red Book. Her essays and nonfiction have been published in Psychological Perspectives, Oregon Humanities, The Hairpin, and elsewhere. Her essay “Going Astray” was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays, 2015.
Danielle Frandina is an educator, writer and editor who made Portland her home four years ago. She earned her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts and taught at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, where she chaired the school’s humanities department. Danielle is the founder, curator and host of the Portland reading series Tell It Slant, which is now in its third year collaborating with a variety of communities and venues to feature emerging artists. She is currently working on a collection of personal essays about her hometown and the people in it. Her stories and essays can be found in Numero Cinq, Avalon Magazine, Conceptions Southwest and 1001.
Sara Guest is an editor and poet. Her previous work has included being an editor for Encyclopaedia Britannica, producer for Harpo Studios (Oprah’s Book Club), and program coordinator for Write Around Portland. She is currently the creative manager for Swaim Strategies. Sara has an MA in English from Case Western Reserve University.
A former faculty member at UCLA and Reed College, Lois Leveen is the author of the novels Juliet’s Nurse and The Secrets of Mary Bowser. She has written about literature, history, and culture for The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR.
Christopher Lord is the author of the Dickens Junction mystery series, has led several Delve seminars on Dickens and detective fiction, and is a past recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship.
Graphic designer, photographer, and writer, Ivonne Saed has extensively explored the crossroads between the visual and the textual within the Humanities, both in her own professional creation as well as in teaching. She published the novel Triple crónica de un nombre (Triple Chronicle of a Name)—Juan Rulfo National Award for First Novel in Mexico, and the non-fiction book Sobre Paul Auster: Autoría, distopía y textualidad (On Paul Auster: Authorship, Dystopia and Textuality). She has co-authored other fiction and non-fiction books and has published book reviews, photos and stories in newspapers and magazines, like Reforma and Crónica, in Mexico, and Literal Magazine, in the US. Ivonne’s photographs have been shown in galleries in the United States, Mexico, and Turkey. Her first documentary Naïve premiered in March 2011 as part of Object Stories, a Portland Art Museum project. She came to Oregon in 2003 as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and has taught graphic design, literature, and interdisciplinary courses widely at Universidad Iberoamericana, Chemeketa Community College, and Marylhurst University, among other institutions.
Joanna Stein holds master’s degrees in English Literature and Education from Portland State, where she also serves as an occasional adjunct writing instructor. A former radio producer for NPR, she now works full time teaching Language Arts at a Lake Oswego high school.
Cindy Williams Gutiérrez
Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez draws inspiration from the silent and silenced voices of history and herstory. The 2016 recipient of the inaugural Oregon Literary Fellowship for Writers of Color, Cindy was selected by Poets & Writers Magazine as a 2014 Notable Debut Poet. Her poetry collection, the small claim of bones (Bilingual Press), won second place in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. Her poems have appeared in Borderlands, CALYX, Crab Orchard Review, Harvard’s Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, UNAM’s Periódico de poesía, Portland Review, Quiddity, and ZYZZYVA and have been anthologized in Basta: 100+ Latinas Against Gender Violence (forthcoming, University of Nevada-Reno) and Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press). A founder of Los Porteños, Portland’s Latino writers’ collective, and of el Grupo de ’08, a Northwest collaborative-artists’ salon, Cindy earned an MFA from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program, with concentrations in Mesoamerican poetics and creative collaboration. She has taught poetry through Annie Bloom’s Books, the Attic Institute, Literary Arts’ Delve Readers Seminars, Maryhill Museum of Art Teachers Institute, Oregon Council for Teachers of English, Oregon Poetry Association, and the USM’s Stonecoast MFA Program.
Christopher Zinn grew up in Pine City, NY, and was educated at Georgetown and at New York University, where he received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature. He taught Humanities and American literature at Reed College, directed the college’s American Studies program, and was Fulbright Senior lecturer in Turkey in 1993-94. In May 1997, he was appointed Executive Director of the Oregon Council for the Humanities, and continued in that position until 2006. He has also taught cultural history at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and lectures and writes frequently on American literature and culture. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and serves on the Oregon 150 Commission, the National Advisory Board of Imagining America, and the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition. Christopher currently teaches humanities at the Portland Waldorf High School. 2016/2017 marks his tenth season as a Delve Guide.