David Starkey, Program Director, Professor of English, was Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara from 2009-2011. He has published seven full-length collections of poetry, most recently It Must Be Like the World (Pecan Grove, 2011), Circus Maximus (Biblioasis, 2013) and Like a Soprano (Serving House, 2014). In addition, over the past thirty-two years he has published more than 500 poems in literary journals such as American Scholar, Antioch Review, Barrow Street, Georgia Review, Poet Lore, Southern Review, Southern Humanities Review, and Southern Poetry Review. 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 published the third edition Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief, an introductory creative writing textbook, in 2017. In Spring 2019, David will be teaching English 271P, Creative Writing: Poetry, online.
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 2019, Chella will teach 271NF, Creative Writing: Nonfiction, Tuesday nights from 6-9 p.m.
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. Meryl teaches English 270 as her schedule allows.
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. Ellen teaches English 271D, Creative Writing: Drama, as her schedule allows.