Professor of English
Dr. Pen Pearson is a professor of English at Northern. She earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of South Dakota (2001), an M.A. in English from South Dakota State University (1995), and a B.A. in English from Briar Cliff University (1988).
She teaches poetry writing, fiction writing, creative nonfiction writing, American literature, and composition.
Dr. Pearson also advises Northern Lights, Northern’s student literary magazine, and mentors high school English teachers in Northern’s Rising Scholar program.
Her novel about Edwardian poet Charlotte Mew, Bloomsbury’s Late Rose, was published in 2019 (Chickadee Prince Books). Dr. Pearson has also published two books of poetry: Trespass to Chattel (Atomic Press) and Poetry as Liturgy (Mellen Poetry Press). Her current project is a memoir about her late father.
Her academic interests include American Renaissance poetry and prose, the history of Western poetics, stylistic linguistics, lexicography, literary theory, comparative mythology, and classic Hollywood film.