Creative Writing


  • Trevor Dodge

    Assistant Professor in Liberal Arts (Literature, Writing)

    MA 1998 Illinois State University (English)
    BA 1995 University of Idaho (English)

    Trevor Dodge’s work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and most recently appears in Great Jones Street, The Butter, Hobart, Little Fiction, CHEAP POP, Metazen, Gargoyle, and Golden Handcuffs Review. He 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), a novella (Yellow #10), and collaborator on the writing anti-textbook Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Writing. He has taught writing, literature, and comics studies at PNCA since 2002 and can be found online at

  • Monica Drake

    Associate Professor in Liberal Arts (Writing)

    MFA, University of Arizona (Creative Writing) 

    BA, Portland State University (General Studies)

    Author of:

    The Folly of Loving Life, a book which has been called “Portlandia without the b.s.,” by booksellers.

    Clown Girl (a novel). Hawthorne Books. An indie award-winner, optioned for film by Kristen Wiig
    The Stud Book (a novel) Hogarth Books/Crown.
    Stories and essays in anthologies, print and on-line, including publication in but not limited to: The New York Times, Paris Review, Oregon Humanities Magazine, Northwest Review, The Rumpus, The Establishment, The Sun, The Guardian, The Oregonian and many other venues.

    Drake’s writing has been translated into Spanish, Italian and other languages. Drake is the recipient of an Eric Hoffer Book Award, an IPPY (Independent Publishing Book Award) and other honors.

    She’s a featured character, playing herself, in Chuck Palahniuk’s comic/graphic novel, Fight Club 2.

    She is currently an Associate Professor Faculty at PNCA, where she designed and launched the BFA in Writing.
    She curates the Native American Voices speakers series in the spring semester.

  • Paul Montone

    Assistant Professor in Liberal Arts (Literature, Writing)

    MA 2000 Portland State University (English) 

    BA 1993 University of Oregon (English)

    Paul Montone teaches English and Writing and acts as faculty advisor and co-editor for PNCA’s student-run literary arts magazine. His teaching interests include the Gothic Tradition, Southern Gothic literature, 19th and 20th century American literature, Thomas Pynchon, Postmodern literature, the Romantics, and post-WWII Japanese literature. He co-operates Discourage Records Label, a small-press independent record label in Portland, performs and records in the bands Sad Trips and Animal Throat, and enjoys writing and traveling.

  • Carl Diehl

    Assistant Professor in Foundation, Video & Sound, Creative Writing

    MFA 2007 University of Oregon (Digital Art)
    BFA 2000 Syracuse University (Art Video)

    Born in Syracuse New York (1978), Carl Diehl holds a BFA in Art Video from Syracuse University (2000) and a MFA in Digital Art from the University of Oregon (2007). From 2000 to 2003 he was an events programmer at Artists’ Television Access, in San Francisco, where he continues to volunteer remotely as a layout and copy editor.

    Based in Portland, he coordinates meetings of HTML ( Hundred Thousand Million Labyrinths) a constraint-based writing group, pursues the “atempastoral,” cultivates anti-algorithms, consults for Weird-Fiction and programs events with Weird Shift, a center for marginalia studies.

    Diehl’s video essays, installations, performances and other works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at events including: the International Symposium of Electronic Art, Transmediale and the &Now Festival of New Writing

  • Kristin Bradshaw

    Lead Faculty in Creative Writing; Assistant Professor in Liberal Arts (Writing); Director, Academic Resource Center

    MAR 2001 Yale University, Yale Divinity School
    MFA 1999 Brown University
BA 1997 Converse College (English Literature) (cum laude) (English Department Award)

    Kristin P. Bradshaw conducts poetic investigations and observations through writing, letterpress, collage, photography, and sound recording. Her current critical inquiries converge around fragmentation, the tension between immediacy and accessibility in the experience of poetic and visual works, and the state of the word in contemporary visual culture. Her poems have appeared in the New Orleans Review, New American Poetry, Chase Park, and No: a Journal of the Arts. She is a graduate of Brown University’s Literary Arts MFA program, and holds an MA in Religion from the Divinity School at Yale University. She is the Program Director of the BFA Creative Writing program at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Burning Deck’s release of her first book, Apologies, in October 2014, followed the 2005 chapbook, “The Difficult Nature of Contemplation” (Percival House).

  • Michael Rogers

    Assistant Professor in Liberal Arts (Social Science)

    My background is in modern intellectual history – the history of ideas – with a focus on political thought and epistemology. In 2016 I completed my PhD in history at Cambridge University, where my dissertation explored the intersection of German-language philosophies of science and politics during the period between the World Wars. My research work in this vein has been published in the journal Modern Intellectual History and in The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, and presented by invitation at Oxford, Harvard, and the University of London’s School of Advanced Studies.

    At PNCA I teach courses that in one way or another combine my interests in history, philosophy, politics, and the creative practice of writing. These range from broad historical surveys like Ancient Civilizations and The Cinematic Imagination, to surveys of political ideas like The History of Democracy and The History of Fascism, to more process-oriented courses like Research for a Creative Practice and Screenwriting. My teaching experience also includes three years as an instructor at Cambridge, where I supervised undergraduates for the course Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought, and taught a recurring special topic seminar on the question “What is power?”

    In my spare time, I am an avid screenwriter, aspiring children’s book author, and practitioner of Haitian martial arts.