Susan Reese, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor

Stratford Hall Room 303 

B.A. 1974 Lewis & Clark College
M.A. 1993 Portland State University
M.F.A. 2006 Pacific University

On the PSU faculty since 1991

FIELDS: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century (Romantic/Victorian; Modern/Postmodern) British Literature; Twentieth Century American Literature; Canadian Literature; Magic Realist Fiction; Composition Studies with an emphasis on Writing and Mixed Media, and on Writing and Healing; Poetry in all its manifestations


Susan Reese received her M.F.A. in Poetry from Pacific University in 2006. She received her M.A. in English from PSU in 1993, and her B.S. in English from Lewis and Clark College in 1974. Susan regularly attends and participates in the American Conference of Irish Studies, and traveled in 2004 to a conference on Poetry and Medicine at Duke University where she read some of her own work. The latter increased her interest in the power of healing contained within the written word, informing her development of the course Writing to Heal.

Susan is a wife, mother of a 20 year old daughter, has 2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 parrot, 6 llamas; she quilts, loves dragon boating with Wasabi, has recently returned to playing the saxophone, has joined a choir, regularly attends Portland Arts and Lectures events and Oregon Symphony concerts, and believes wholeheartedly that life is a gift, it is finite, and there's really a lot of very cool stuff to experience.


Irish Poetry; Irish Drama and Fiction; Magic Realist Fiction; Writing and the Visual Image; Writing in the Disciplines; Writing and the 19th Century; Writing the Research Paper; Introduction to Poetry; Introduction to Fiction; Writing About Literature; Modern British Literature; Contemporary Literature; Writing to Heal