Jeffrey Overstreet

Instructor of Writing
B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 1994
M.F.A., Seattle Pacific University, 2016

Specialties: film criticism, creative writing

Office: Marston 248

Jeffrey Overstreet is an author, editor, and writing professor with an MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. He teaches writing courses at SPU, and taught fiction writing as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College in 2013. He teaches an online graduate course in film and apologetics for Houston Baptist University, and an online course in film, faith, and discernment for home-schooled high school students. He has written a memoir of movie going and faith — Through a Screen Darkly (Baker, 2007) — and a four-volume fantasy series called The Auralia Thread (Random House, 2007-11), which begins with Auralia’s Colors. From 2001–2009 he was a film columnist and critic for Christianity Today, where he won an Evangelical Press Award for his reviews. His essays on film and music have also been published in PasteImageBooks & CultureComment, Relevant, and more. His writing has been recognized by The New Yorker and The Seattle Times. He regularly visits universities, conferences, and churches to lecture in the U.S. and abroad. Would you like him to edit your work? He is also a freelance editor specializing in substantive editing for memoirs and fiction (visit He has been writing about the arts for more than a decade at His wife Anne is a poet and the author of Delicate Machinery Suspended (T.S. Poetry Press, 2014).