Nancy K. Barry

"Good writers (like good readers) are never created in an intellectual vacuum. 'Collaboration' and 'community' are two words that form the backdrop for any class I teach."

As the current Department Head in English, I take pride in making sure that the department is responsive to student readers and writers, happy to do whatever I can to cultivate our shared of love of poetry, stories and imaginative work. As a writer and scholar, I have found a good home at Luther College for my interests and enthusiasms—for everything from radio essays to more traditional literary scholarship on 20th century American poetry, even working in 2010 on a one-woman play entitled "Lessons from Cancer College."

As a writing teacher, my philosophy is best expressed in this video

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