Tenaya Darlington, M.F.A.

Associate Professor
Discipline Taught: English
Office: Merion Hall 113
Phone: (610) 660-3271
Email: tdarling@sju.edu

Professional Experience

General Fields of Professional Interest
Creative Nonfiction
Writing on Spirituality

Pedagogical Style
I love to write, and I love igniting that passion in students, even if it requires dancing on tables. In my classes, I encourage students to keep journals, to meditate, to take risks in their writing, and to consider themselves members of an intimate writing community. Although I find the workshop model useful, I also like to allocate class time for writing exercises, readings, speakers, and the occasional renga party.

Other Information
Before joining the faculty at SJU, I was a columnist and editor for Isthmus Newspaper in Madison, WI.

Courses Taught

  • English 1011 (The Craft of Language)
  • English 2221 (Fiction Workshop)
  • English 4005 (The Practice of Writing)


Selected Publications
“A Patch of Skin,” Barnstorm: Contemporary Wisconsin Fiction, ed. Raphael Kadushin. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005

Maybe Baby, New York, New York: Little, Brown & Co. (Back Bay Imprint), 2004

Madame Deluxe, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Coffee House Press, 2000. Winner of National Poetry Series

“Dream Houses,” In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal, ed. Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones. New York, New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1999

“Relevant Girl,” Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops, ed. Carol Shields. New York, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998

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