Office: Moreland 328
Email: J.T.Bushnell at oregonstate.edu
MFA Fiction, University of Oregon. June 2007
BA Communication, Linfield College, 2002
Summa Cum Laude
"Amanda Said I Should Go to Cuba," Mississippi Review, Summer 2006.
"Listening," The Tusculum Review, Fall 2008.
"Waiting to Hit," Brevity Magazine, Winter 2008.
"Bricks," The South Carolina Review, Spring 2009.
"The Evacuation," The Greensboro Review, forthcoming.
"No Snakes, No Rabies," Meridian, forthcoming.
"Instincts," Brevity Magazine, forthcoming.
Nomination, Best New American Voices, 2007
Nomination, Discovered Voices Award, Iron Horse, 2007
Runner-Up, Short Fiction Prize, The Mississippi Review, 2006
Introduction to Literature - Fiction: This course introduces students to prose fiction through the short story, novella, and novel, with particular (but not exclusive) focus on 20th-century American writers. Students will learn to read closely for fundamental craft concepts such as descriptive detail, plot, characterization, point of view, structure, symbolism, and theme. By the end of the term, students will have received exposure to a broad array of narratives, cultures, and ideas, and will have developed the skills to analyze them for meaning and value.
English Composition: "The power of words to change the world" This course aims to increase your textual power by increasing your ability to read, think, and write about ideas and issues in academic and civic conversations. To do this, we will consider what “they say” and what “you say” in response, as well as why (so what? who cares?). You will analyze viewpoints (with a close look at how different authors and stakeholders are situated) and study the elements that go into crafting powerful written and visual arguments in both public and academic realms. Reading contemporary and classic arguments from the textbook and the New York Times provides a sense of our rhetorical tradition over time. You will be responsible for analytical reading, thinking, discussing, researching, and writing. Instructor conferences and peer review as well as consultation with the Writing Center will guide you through various drafts. This classroom is a learning community, so we will show respect for the ideas of all individuals.