Mylène Dressler

Departments and Positions:
English, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing
School Extension 316.2068
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University of San Francisco, BA, '88
Rice University, PHD, '93

Mylène is a novelist and essayist with a special interest in nurturing developing writers, whether they plan to pursue careers as novelists, poets, memoirists or playwrights or simply want to enjoy and give voice to the muse within. She is at work on a collection of stories and essays set in the American desert, and leads students on study-away trips to Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.

Notable Work - Fiction

  • The Deadwood Beetle (novel), Penguin Putnam
  • The Floodmakers (novel), Putnam
  • The Medusa Tree (novel), MacAdam Cage
  • The Wedding of Anna F. (novella), Untreed

Notable Work - Creative Nonfiction

  • "Live Toy, Dead Toy" (The Kenyon Review)
  • "Double Infinity" (Isthmus)
  • "End Over End" (Creative Nonfiction)
  • "The Compiler" (Flyway:  Journal of Writing and Environment)
  • “La Forme D’Une Journée.” (Poussières du Monde. Paris: Éditions François Bourin)
  • "Found" (Pilgrimage)
  • "Meeting House" (Creative Nonfiction)
  • "What Are You Afraid Of?" (Reader's Digest)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Fiction Workshop
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Anatomy of the Novel
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Literary Magazine Practicum
  • Memoir:  Theory and Practice
  • Seeing and Making Stories

Campus and Community Involvement

College Awards

  • Bruce G. Stewart Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Dick Dyer Award for Excellence in Club Advising