Redefining the Classroom

Faculty

"The faculty in the LSSU English program are  real people, not ivory tower academics. Yet they possess the credentials, experience, and talents necessary to help you develop your potential."

--Allan Case, B.A., English,'05, MA

Chad Barbour

Chad Barbour, PhD

PhD, University of Kentucky

Area of expertise:

  • American Literature and Culture
  • Native American Literature
  • Children's Literature
  • Comics and the Graphic Novel

Chad Barbour specializes in American literature and culture.  His emphases include American studies, Native studies, children's literature, and comics and graphic novels. His work has appeared in The Journal of Popular Culture and the International Journal of Comic Art. His forthcoming book, From Daniel Boone to Captain America: Playing Indian in American Popular Culture (University Press of Mississippi), is an exploration of whites posing as Native Americans from nineteenth-century literature to the comic book.

Julie Brooks Barbour

Julie Brooks Barbour

MFA, University of North Carolina

Area of expertise:

  • Composition
  • Poetry
  • 20th Century and Contemporary Literature

Julie Brooks Barbour teaches creative writing and poetry, and edits Border Crossing, the program's journal of art and literature, with Mary McMyne and Jillena Rose. She earned her MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the author of a full- length collection of poetry, Small Chimes (Aldrich Press, 2014) and three chapbooks: Beautifully Whole (Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2015), Earth Lust (Finishing Line Press, 2014), and Come to Me and Drink (Finishing Line Press, 2012). She is a recipient of an Artist Enrichment Grant from Kentucky Foundation for Women and a residency at Sundress Academy for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in Waccamaw, Four Way Review, diode, storySouth, UCity Review, Prime Number Magazine, burntdistrict, The Rumpus, Midwestern Gothic, and Verse Daily. She is also Poetry Editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact.

Mary Been

Mary Been, PhD

PhD, City University of New York Graduate School and University Center

Area of expertise:

  • Technical and Scientific Communication
  • Ecocritical Studies
  • British Romantic Literature
  • Women's Literature and Feminist Studies
  • Literature of the Fantastic

Mary Been teaches a range of composition, technical writing, literature, and film classes. Dr. Been attended undergraduate and graduate school in New York, where she received her PhD in English and a certificate in Women's Studies from the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center. A member of ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment), she has presented her research on eco-critical approaches to film, literature, and writing at ASLE's international conferences in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Vancouver, BC., Canada. She has also presented her work in other venues such as the national “Film and History Conference,” the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) “Conference on College Composition and Communication,” and in Green Theory and Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy. She is a co-founder of Writing Across the Peninsula (WAP), a bi-yearly conference on the teaching of writing hosted in turn by the Upper Peninsula's three universities. Before happily landing at LSSU, Dr. Been worked her way around the country, teaching at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (NY) and New York University while in graduate school, at Michigan Technological University while writing her dissertation, at Clovis Community College (NM) in her exploration of the southwest, and at Oregon Institute of Technology in search of the northwest's allure. She likes the Upper Peninsula best. Her website is here.

Sheri Garee

Sheri Garee

Academic Assistant

Mary McMyne

Mary McMyne

MFA, New York University
MFA, Louisiana State University

Area of expertise:

  • Fiction
  • Research Writing
  • English Education
  • Critical Fiction and Literary Retellings
  • Mythic and Speculative Literature

Mary McMyne teaches courses in creative writing, fiction, and research writing, and edits Border Crossing, the program's journal of art and literature, with Julie Brooks Barbour and Jillena Rose. She also teaches English Education courses. Her fiction has won the Faulkner Prize for a Novel in Progress and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award. Her debut poetry chapbook, Wolf Skin (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), won the 2015 Elgin Chapbook Award. Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared widely in Southern Humanities Review, Chattahoochee Review, Ninth Letter, Philadelphia Stories, Painted Bride Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Poetry International, Apex Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, Word Riot, and many other venues. She is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Additional support for her creative work has been awarded by Vermont Studio Center, the Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction, New York University, and Louisiana State University. Her poetry has been anthologized in The Way North, The Burden of Light, and The Rhysling Anthology: The Best New Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Poetry of 2013. Her book reviews have been published by American Book Review, Verse, and The Rumpus. A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program at New York University, she edits poetry for Faerie Magazine.

Janice Repka

Janice Repka

Department Chair
J.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Law
MA & MFA, McNeese State University

Area of expertise:

  • Developmental Composition
  • English Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Writing for Young Adults
  • Children's Literature
  • Young Adult Literature

Janice Repka is Chair of the School of Arts and Letters, and coordinates both the Creative Writing Program's Visiting Writer Reading Series and the Superior Children's Book Festival. An author of novels, short stories, and poetry, she has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and both a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in English from McNeese State University. Her first novel, The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco, published by Dutton Children's Books in 2004, was a Junior Library Selection and a 2008 Nebraska Golden Sower Award Honor Book. It was also nominated for the Sunshine State Young Reader Award, the Young Hoosier Book Award, the Great Stone Face Award, and the Keystone to Reading Book Award. Her second novel, The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius, was published by Dutton Children's Books in 2011, was a Scholastic Book Club selection, and has been optioned for film.” Repka's poetry and short stores have been published by Potomac Review, Writer's Journal, The Louisiana Review, The Healing Muse, and WomanArts Quarterly Journal. Her short story, “Love's Final Selection,” was the 2001 winner of the Antietam Review Literary Contest and her short story “Tug” was published in The Way North, Collected Upper Peninsula Works. Before joining the LSSU faculty, she taught at McNeese State University and was a guest speaker and presenter at creative writing conferences, schools, and libraries across the county.  For more information, visit her website.

Jillena Rose

Jillena Rose

MFA, Warren Wilson College

Area of expertise:

  • Poetry of Place and Spiritual Encounter
  • Michigan Writers
  • Eastern Upper Peninsula Writers
  • Student Identity and Freshman Composition

Jillena Rose teaches creative writing and poetry. She earned an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College in 2006. One of the founders of LSSU's creative writing program, she serves as a liaison between the program and the local, regional, and academic creative writing communities, and organizes publicity and publication opportunities for Michigan and Eastern Upper Peninsula Writers. She has worked with the community to establish the Cabin Fever Writer's Group and the Superior Cafe Poetry Reading Series, which brings both regional and nationally known poets to Sault Saint Marie. Her poems have appeared most recently in The Bijou Poetry Review, Third Wednesday and PigeonBike. She has work forthcoming this Spring in Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry Series. Before joining the LSSU faculty, she taught lyric and narrative poetry at Warren Wilson. She was a founding editor of Border Crossing.

Shirley Smart

Shirley Smart

Professor
MA, Central Michigan University

Area of expertise:

  • Developmental Reading and Writing
  • First Year Composition: Health and Social Issues
  • English Grammar