An instructor of English and writing at OSU-Cascades since 2007, Ellen Santasiero focuses in the classroom on close reading, the revision process, rhetorical awareness, and concision. Besides teaching courses in American literature, the personal essay, and composition, she regularly works one-on-one with students who want to develop skills in creative writing. Ellen is the founder and facilitator of OSU-Cascades’ First Person Reading, an annual event for her students to read their creative work.
Her teaching and research interests include best practices in college teaching, rhetoric, hybrid forms, the illness narrative, memoir, personal essay, auto-theory, and 19th-century American literature.
Ellen’s essays, memoirs, interviews, and articles have appeared in Northwest Review, Marlboro Review, The Sun, Oregon Humanities, High Desert Journal, The Stay Project, youshare.com, The Polk Street Review, Oregon Home, Going Green, an anthology from the University of Oklahoma Press, and in “Dialogical,” a writing and art exhibit curated by Portland State University.
Ellen served as Writer-in-Residence at Central Oregon Community College, received Writer’s Residency Fellowships from Caldera and Soapstone, and is a featured reader, speaker, and panelist at academic and community venues in Oregon and in the Mid-West.
In addition to teaching at OSU-Cascades, Ellen works as a freelance writing coach and editor, and teaches private classes on memoir and environmental writing. She enjoys painting, collaging, looking at art, and skiing. A native New Yorker, she’s made her home in central Oregon since 1989.