Paul Anderson

Adjunct Instructor of Writing
BA, Wesmtont College, 2013
MFA, Seattle Pacific University, 2016

Office: Marston 222A

My primary goal in the classroom is to help students ask deeper, more interesting questions—about both the texts we read and about their own lives. Students in my composition courses read the work of writers from wide variety of cultural backgrounds—writers like James Baldwin, Ta-Nahesi Coates, Eula Biss, and George Orwel, among others— and consider important questions concerning race, class, sexuality, art, and faith.

My novel in progress, tentatively titled Unquiet City, follows four characters—a doubtful but soulful seminarian, a struggling painter, a grizzled priest, and a regretful nun—from America to Rome as they pursue, or flee, love, meaning, and God.  I first became interested in Italy while studying abroad in Orvieto, Italy, where I later returned to work as a teacher's assistant in the same program.

After Italy, I interned at a literary agency in New York City, earned my MFA in Fiction from Seattle Pacific, worked as a writing teacher and cross country coach on the southwest side of Chicago, and as Director of Programs at Image Journal.  I'm thrilled to be back in the classroom at SPU, teaching what I love to such amazing students.