2018/2019 Delve Program Guides
Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt is a professor of English and co-coordinates the Gender Studies program at Linfield College and holds the Edith Green Professorship for 2018-19. She is the author of The Postcolonial Citizen: An Intellectual Migrant (2010). A recipient of the Edith Green Award for excellence in teaching and the Marvin and Laurie Henberg International Scholar Award, Dutt-Ballerstadt was born in India and has lived in the U.S. for 28 years. [more]
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, the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry, and the editor of The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy. 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. [more]
Trevor Dodge is the author of three collections of short fiction (He Always Still Tastes Like Dynamite, The Laws of Average, and Everyone I Know Lives On Roads), and a novella (Yellow #10). He teaches writing, literature, and comics studies at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, as well as courses in games studies and new media in the CMDC program at Washington State University-Vancouver. [more]
Benjamin McPherson Ficklin was born in Portland, Oregon, and now spends most of his life travelling. Outside of his writing and photography, he works as a gongfu tea-master, lumberjack, commercial salmon fisherman, and ulu farmer. His work has been published in Lomography, Ursus Americanus Press, Clackamas Literary Review, Autre, Bang!, and all three anthologies by The Stonecutters Union. He serves as the event coordinator for several environmental and arts-promotional nonprofits. [more]
Danielle Frandina is an educator, writer and editor who 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. Her stories and essays can be found in Numero Cinq, Avalon Magazine, Conceptions Southwest and 1001. [more]
Bennett Gilbert teaches history and philosophy Portland State University. His book, A Personalist Philosophy of History, will be published by Routledge in early 2019.
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. [more]
Cindy Williams Gutiérrez was awarded the 2018 Editor’s Choice Poetry Prize from Willow Books, the 2017 Oregon Book Award for Drama, and 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship for Writers of Color. Her poetry collection, the small claim of bones, was selected as a Poets & Writers 2014 Notable Debut and placed second in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. Cindy’s work has been anthologized in Basta: 100+ Latinas Against Gender Violence and Raising Lilly Ledbetter. [more]
Lois Leveen is the author of the novels Juliet’s Nurse and The Secrets of Mary Bowser, and a Kienle Scholar in Medical Humanities at Penn State University College of Medicine. 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. She is a former faculty member at UCLA and Reed College. [more]
Christopher Lord is the author of the Dickens Junction Mysteries, a past recipient of a Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, and has been a frequent Delve Guide for works by Dickens, Hardy, Forster, and the “Golden Age” of Detective Fiction. [more]
Christopher Rose is originally from Seattle, Washington and he teaches poetry, African American Literature, and Science Fiction at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. His poems have appeared in Fjords Review: Black American Edition, The Pariahs Anthology, Yellow Chair Review, TAYO Literary Magazine, The Hawaii Review, and others. He is a NEH Summer Institute Scholar and a Cave Canem Fellow. [more]
Ivonne Saed is a graphic designer, photographer, and writer. 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).
Coleman Stevenson is an illustrator, writer, and tarot practitioner. She is the artist behind the Dark Exact Tarot Deck and author of two poetry books, Breakfast: 43 Poems and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609. She is co-curator of The Doppelgänger Museum, a multimedia collaboration with artist and sound designer Aspen Farer. She has taught a variety of subjects at institutions around Portland, including creative writing, literature, folklore, culture & design, and image & text interaction. [more]
Melissa Joan Walker’s writing has appeared in outlets such as the Denver Quarterly, Sentence, Banshee, theNewerYork, After Hours, Orion Headless, Parable Press, and more. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught writing, literature, and creativity to students at Roosevelt University, DePaul University, and St. Augustine College. [more]
Ellen Walkley has a PhD from UC Berkeley where she studied American literature and wrote a dissertation about public discourse at the time of the constitutional debates, focusing on the correlation between personal and political representation. She is also a grant writer for local and national nonprofits. As a dramaturg, she has worked for Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and individual playwrights and directors in Portland.
Monica Vilhauer earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. After a decade of teaching philosophy in college classrooms, Monica founded Curious Soul Philosophy, a Portland-based business offering workshops that emphasize the practical value of philosophy for everyday life. Monica’s specialties are in ethics, social-political philosophy, existentialism, feminism, and the philosophy of communication.
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. Christopher currently teaches humanities at the Portland Waldorf High School. 2018/2019 marks his eleventh season as a Delve Guide. [more]