Faculty

Pam Fox graduated with a BA degree in English and a minor in Philosophy from Pepperdine University. She earned a Master in Poetics degree from New College of California and the Master of Theology degree from Bethel Seminary. At the University of California, Riverside, she earned the PhD in Comparative Literature, winning awards for her teaching and graduating with highest honors. She has published poems, articles and reviews in literary magazines, journals and newspapers. Her book,What Are the Dead Sea Scrolls and Why Do They Matter, with world renowned scholar of Old Testament Studies David Noel Freedman, is rapidly becoming the standard as a lay person’s introduction to the scrolls. Pam teaches literature at San Diego State University and Perelandra College. pamfox@juno.com

Elizabeth Kropf is proud to have been the first graduate of Perelandra College with an M.A. in Creative Writing. Ten of her poems and a story have been published in literary magazine. She has been a reader at the Windhover Writer’s Festival and serves on the Board of Directors for the Austin Poetry Society. She teaches at Bryant & Stratton College and Perelandra College. elizabethrebeccakropf@gmail.com

Ken Kuhlken earned BA and MA degrees in English at San Diego State University and an MFA degree in Fiction Writing at the University of Iowa. He is the author of novels, short stories, feature stories and book reviews. His stories have been honored with Pushcart Prize nominations, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellowship, as a finalist for PENs Ernest Hemingway Award for the best first published novel, as a finalist for the Shamus best novel award, and as the recipient of the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin’s Press Best First PI Novel Award. He has taught Writing and Literature in the MFA program at the University of Arizona and in graduate and undergraduate programs at San Diego State University; California State University, Chico; University of San Diego; Christian Heritage College; Azusa Pacific University; and Perelandra College.  Visit him at: kenkuhlken.net

Steven Saint Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has been writing articles for newspapers and magazines for the past 25 years. He has worked as an award-winning daily newspaper reporter in Colorado and editor of six community newspapers in San Diego. His freelance work has been carried by Reuters News and has appeared in more than 60 publications, including Time Magazine and the Denver Post.  In 2013, Steven completed a Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) course with Becky Elder and Pikes Peak Permaculture and has never been quite the same! His passion is not only practicing permaculture on a homestead site near the Humboldt Bay but educating the public on sustainability issues and permaculture solutions. Contact him at ssaint01@gmail.com

Aside from teaching poetry at Perelandra College, Dr. Gary Swaim was a professor of graduate seminars in the Master of Liberal Studies program at Southern Methodist University of Dallas.  He taught playwriting, the writing of both poetry and fiction, creativity, and studies in diverse interdisciplinary courses.   He was a produced playwright, director, and  actor,  and the 2011 Texas Senior Poet Laureate. Gary moved on to a glorious eternity only months ago. Learn more about Gary through his website.