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Visiting Assistant Professors and Adjunct Faculty

​​​​​​​​​​​Patrick Armstrong

Armstrong has taught writing and literature courses at Plymouth State ​University, the University of South Carolina and Southern Connecticut State University. His poems have appeared in Quarterly West, The Providence Journal Bulletin, Yemassee, Faultline, Stride UK, Plainsong and Persephone.  His poem, “Kitty Hawk” was published in the Pearson/Longman anthology, Literature, and was selected by James Dickey for inclusion in One For One, a collection of his fifty favorite poems.  He earned his BA at the Pennsylvania State University and his MFA at the University of South Carolina.​

Michael Becker

Becker earned his B.A. in English from the University of Colorado (Boulder, CO), his M.A. in English from Sussex University (Brighton, England), and his Ph.D. in English from the University or Rhode Island (Kingston, RI). His primary field is British Modernism and his dissertation investigated literal (gustatory) and figurative (social and aesthetic) tastes in British modernist novels.  He currently teaches writing and literature classes at the University of Rhode Island and Providence College.

Ilisabeth Bornstein

Bornstein graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English and received her master’s in public policy and J.D. from the University of Chicago. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and currently teaches a variety of law and writing classes at Providence College.​

Elaine Brousseau 

Brousseau has an A.B. (English) from Georgetown University, an M.A (English) from Clark University, and a Ph.D. (English) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has presented and published on modern and contemporary drama, nineteenth-century American productions of Shakespeare, and American women writers.

Jennifer Deren Visiting Assistant ProfessorJennifer Deren

​Deren is an adjunct faculty member in the English Department.  She earned her Ph.D from Tufts University. ​​​                             

Dzvinia Orlowsky

​Pushcart Prize recipient and Founding Editor of New York based-Four Way Books, Dzvinia Orlowsky has published five collections of poetry with Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her most recent,
SILVERTONE, was published in 2013 and her co-translation with Jeff Friedman of Polish poet Mieczysław
Jastrun's MEMORIALS with an introduction by Chard DeNiord was published in August 2014 by Dialogos Books. She earned her M.F.A from Warren Wilson College.

Michael Pare

In addition to being a journalism instructor at Providence College, Pare is a full-time English teacher at La Salle Academy in Providence. Prior to embarking on his teaching career, he was an award-winning journalist for several Rhode Island newspapers. Pare is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and the Graduate Literacy Program at Providence College.

Chris Parrott

Parrott studied at the University of Michigan (B.A., Classical Languages and Literature, 2001), Wadham College, Oxford (M.Phil., Greek and Latin Languages and Literature, 2004), and Harvard University (Ph.D., Classical Philology, 2013). He previously taught at the College of the Holy Cross and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Classics at Harvard University.