Pen Pearson
Professor of English
Technology Center 259
B.A. in English, Briar Cliff University, 1988
M.A. in English, South Dakota State University, 1995
Ph.D. in English, University of South Dakota, 2001


Dr. Pen Pearson is a professor of English at Northern. 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. 

Courses Taught
Engl 101  Composition I
Engl 201  Composition II
Engl 283  Introduction to Creative Writing
Engl 241  American Literature Since 1865
Engl 475  Creative Non-Fiction Writing
Engl 476  Fiction Writing
Engl 478  Poetry Writing
Engl 484  Literary Criticism
Academic Interests
American Renaissance poetry and prose
history of western poetics
stylistic linguistics
literary theory
comparative mythology
classic Hollywood film