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Kirsten E Ogden

Personal Info

Dr. Ogden spent her early childhood in Honolulu, Hawai'i before moving to the Bay Area. She's spent almost every summer of her life traveling to southeast Louisiana where her paternal family resides. She earned her Associate Arts degree from Skyline Community College, and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University with an interdisciplinary major in English, Theater, and Psychology, with a special concentration in African and African American Diaspora. Her Master of Fine Arts degree is in Creative Writing and American Literature, which she earned from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks with a focus in film. Her MFA thesis was a novel, Earthquake Weather.  Dr. Ogden's Phd is in Theater History, Literature, and Dramatic Criticism from Louisiana State University with a special concentration in Women's Studies and focused course work in world and indigenous performance, and focused coursework in early american drama. She studied under Playwright and contemporary theatre scholar Les Wade, African Diaspora scholar Femi Euba, and Nation-hood and Identity scholar Leigh Clemons.

Dr. Ogden is a writer, director, essayist, poet, and playwright. Her work has appeared in national literary journals, and her plays have been staged at many university and community venues. She is an alumni of Teach for America, and works with the Kenyon Review Young Writers program each summer in Gambier, Ohio. She has served as 2-time judge for the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Prize, and is a former Peter Taylor Fellow in Poetry of the Kenyon Review. Her creative pursuits are chronicled at EatThePaper.

Since coming to PCC, Dr. Ogden has served on the General Education Outcomes Faculty Committee, helped to develop the College 1-Pathways curriculum, spearheaded the English Division's Distance Education program with colleagues Elsie Rivas Gomez, Mikage Kuroki, Ekaterini Kottaras, and Vanitha Swaminathan, completed training in Reading Apprenticeship, co-chaired the Stretch-Accelerated Composition program, and most recently has been admitted to the WASC-Assessment Leadership Academy. She is a proponent of mindfulness in the classroom, and is an avid Bikram Yoga practitioner, so take a breath.