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Siobhán Scarry

Professor and Chair of English

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B.A., History (honors degree), University of Arizona, 1995
M.A., English, University of Montana, 2004
M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Montana, 2004
Ph.D., English, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2013

Professor | Chair, Department of English
Faculty Advisor | YAWP! Literary Magazine
Liberal Education Advisor (first-year students)

Dr. Siobhán Scarry is a poet and scholar of 20th-21st century American poetry.

She is author of the collection Pilgrimly, which appeared in 2014 with Parlor Press / Free Verse Editions. Juliana Spahr calls the book’s poems “luminous, complicated and full of ecotonalities.” Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, jubilat, Mid-American Review, New Letters, and Terrain, among other journals. She has received fellowships from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Dora Maar House (through the Brown Foundation).

Siobhán’s scholarly work has appeared in Sagetrieb and with the University of Iowa Press, with an article on the work on George Oppen forthcoming in Paideuma. A pedagogical article on teaching Claudia Rankine’s Citizen appeared in Southern Humanities Review.

Research and teaching interests include American literature from the 19th century to the present, with a focus on 20th-century poetry and poetics; environmental literature and ecopoetics; and gender and sexuality studies. In her teaching role at Bethel College, Siobhán offers workshop courses in creative writing; the hands-on practicum course that produces the campus literary magazine YAWP! each spring; and literature courses on race and gender in American literature, poetries of witness and social justice, and literatures of the environment.

Siobhán also runs the English Department’s visiting writers series, which brings national writers to Bethel’s campus and classrooms each year.