David Starkey, Program Director, Professor of English, is the Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara. He is author of two textbooks--Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008) and Poetry Writing: Theme and Variations (McGraw-Hill, 1999)--as well as several collections of poems from small presses, most recently Starkey’s Book of States (Boson Books, 2007), Adventures of the Minor Poet (Artamo Press, 2007), Ways of Being Dead: New and Selected Poems (Artamo, 2006), David Starkey’s Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2002) and Fear of Everything, winner of Palanquin Press's Spring 2000 chapbook contest. In addition, over the past eighteen years he has published more than 400 poems in literary magazines. His plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and elsewhere. With Paul Willis, he co-edited In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (Iowa, 2005), and he is the editor of Living Blue in the Red States (Nebraska, 2007). Keywords in Creative Writing, which he co-authored with the late Wendy Bishop, was published in 2006 by Utah State University Press. Bedford/St. Martin’s will publish Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief, an introductory creative writing textbook, in the fall of 2008. David currently teaches two sections of English 270, Introduction to Creative Writing.
CHELLA COURINGTON,, Assistant Professor of English, holds a Doctorate in Literature from the University of South Carolina and recently received an MFA in Poetry from New England College. Her poetry appears in over thirty journals. Recipient of the Jimmy Santiago Baca Scholarship, Courington teaches at Santa Barbara City College. Her chapbook: Southern Girl Gone Wrong. In Spring 2007, Chella will teach 271P, Creative Writing-Poetry.
MERYL PETERS, MFA, completed her undergraduate studies in Creative Writing at Vermont College in Montpelier, Vermont and received a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. Her teaching has covered a range of writing classes including Academic and Research, Critical Thinking and Literature, Craft of Fiction, and Literary Theory. She has created such writing seminars as Reading for Craft: The Shape of the Story and Introduction to Creative Writing: A Day Trip with Words. Ms. Peters has received a variety of awards including University of Southern Indiana, RopeWalk Writers’ Scholarship in 2008 and was a Mary C. Mohr Short Fiction Finalist in 2007. She has participated in numerous writing workshops and conferences at the University of Iowa, Stanford University, University San Francisco, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Ms. Peters is a member of The Association for Women in Communications.
ELLEN ANDERSON taught Introduction to Playwriting at UC-Santa Barbara for 10 years. She is the author of 17 produced plays and founding artistic director of Dramatic Women, a Santa Barbara-based theatre company. Her latest work, New Amsterdames, opens at the Here Arts Center in New York City on December 1, 2007. An experienced teacher, she has facilitated playwriting workshops everywhere from UCSB to junior high schools in Brooklyn. In Spring 2007, Ellen will teach English 271D, Playwriting.