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About The Program

All members of the English faculty are well-published, established writers in their respective genres who are active in their writing communities. Ki Russell is the author of How to Become Baba Yaga (The Medulla Review Publishing, 2014) and The Wolf at the Door (forthcoming from Ars Omnia Press); Shaindel Beers is the author of A Brief History of Time (Salt Publishing, 2009) and The Children’s War and Other Poems (Salt Publishing, 2013). Alison Timmons’ most recent publication appeared in Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative.

Material covered in our courses includes Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Argument and Rhetoric, Reviewing (book, film, and restaurants), sports writing, Literature by Women, Nature Writing, Fairy Tale, Folklore, and Myth, Shakespeare, Horror and Gothic, World Literature.

Each year, the English department holds a literary arts competition, with prizes for Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. Several winners and finalists have gone on to have their work published.

Degrees & Certificates

In a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers rated the "ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization” as the most important candidate skill. In a survey of over 300 executives from Fortune 1000 companies, 97% rated writing as a very important skill. For more information, see “Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires” by Bruna Martinuzzi.

Successful Graduates

  • Helday de la Cruz is working as a graphic designer in Portland and has been Shaindel Beers’ Assistant Editor at Contrary since his graduation from BMCC in 2011.
  • Kat Hart Podlesnik, BMCC 2008, went on to earn a B.A. in English (2010) and an M.A. in Teaching (2011), both from Eastern Oregon University. She is currently a Language Arts teacher at Hermiston High School. 
  • Jade Silver, BMCC 2011, went on to graduate fr