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Big Bend Community College English

Steve Close

Steve Close - English InstructorSteve Close was born in California, but has been steadily progressing in a Northerly direction. He has taught English in California, Oregon and Washington, as well as Ukraine and Uzbekistan. He worked for ten years as a bicycle mechanic before pursuing a degree in English Literature. He claims that analyzing a poem is a lot like disassembling a Sturmey-Archer three-speed planetary gear wheel hub, only not quite as greasy.

Education
A.A. Contra Costa Community College, CA
B.A. San Francisco State University
M.A. University of Oregon
Ph.D. University of Oregon
Graduate Cert. in Teaching of Comp. San Francisco State University

Usually Teaches
ENGL& 101 – Composition I
ENGL& 102 – Composition II
ENGL 201 – Academic Composition
CMST& 220 – Public Speaking

Email:  Steve Close                                   
Office: 1623
Phone:  509.793.2387

 

Steve Close

Steve Close

Steve Close

Steve Close was born in California, but has been steadily progressing in a Northerly direction. He has taught English in California, Oregon and Washington, as well as Ukraine and Uzbekistan. He worked for ten years as a bicycle mechanic before pursuing a degree in English Literature. He claims that analyzing a poem is a lot like disassembling a Sturmey-Archer three-speed planetary gear wheel hub, only not quite as greasy.

A.A. Contra Costa Community College, CA
B.A. San Francisco State University
M.A. University of Oregon
Ph.D. University of Oregon
Graduate Cert. in Teaching of Comp. San Francisco State University

Dr. Close usually teaches English 101 (English Composition), English 102 (Advanced Compostition), English 201 (Academic Composition) and Speech 101 (Fundamentals of Public Speaking).

Email:  Steve Close                                   
Faculty
Phone:  509-793-2387

Allison Palumbo, English Instructor

Allison Palumbo

Allison Palumbo

Instructor
English

Office: 1627
Phone: 509-793-2178
Email: allisonp@bigbend.edu


Allison Palumbo was born in Nebraska, raised in Utah, and has since lived in France, Florida, Kentucky, Alaska, and now Washington. She joins the BBCC faculty with fourteen years of college-level English teaching experience, including composition and literature courses. She has a number of favorite authors: Henry Miller, Erica Jong, EL Doctorow, Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, Philip Roth, Chaim Potok, and Zadie Smith—to name a few. Dr. Palumbo enjoys a variety of film and television programs. One of the original media bingers, she translated her passion for stories about women heroes and fighters into her dissertation, “Strong, Independent, and in Love: Fighting Female Fantasies in Popular Culture.” Her interests outside of literature and mass media include yoga, long walks, good food, travel, and driving aimlessly on long roads toward big skies. For her, it’s the journey that counts, a belief she carries into the classroom. Dr. Palumbo derives great satisfaction from working with students and inspiring them along their quest for knowledge, and little pleases her more than students who care about learning and who are excited about their education.

Education 

Ph.D. in English, University of Kentucky
Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky
M.A. in English, Florida State University
B.A. in English, Weber State University

Teaching Experience

Graduate English Instructor, University of Kentucky
Assistant Professor of English, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Graduate English Instructor, Florida State University
English Assistant, Victor Grignard High School, Cherbourg, France

Matthew Sullivan

Matthew Sullivan

Matthew Sullivan

Before becoming a writing and literature teacher, Matt Sullivan worked as a bookseller, editor, copywriter, handyman, and painter. His debut literary mystery novel, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore (Scribner, 2017) was an Indie Next pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, and a finalist for the Colorado Book Award and the Goodreads Choice Award. His stories and essays have been published in The New York Times, Lit HubJoyland, The Masters Review, The Florida Review and many other places. He was raised in a giant family in Colorado and has taught at colleges in Boston, Poland and Idaho.

Education:

  • M.F.A. in Fiction Writing, University of Idaho
  • University of Lodz, Poland (graduate study/teaching fellowship)
  • B.A. in English, Writing Emphasis, University of San Francisco
  • Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford, England (year abroad)

Mr. Sullivan teaches English Composition, Advanced Composition, Creative Writing (Fiction), Cretive Writing II, American Literature III (Contemporary Lit), The Mystery Story as Literature, and The Art of Film.

Hobbies: Writing, reading, traveling, mountain biking, gravel grinding cycling, fly-fishing, hiking, camping.

Email:  Matthew Sullivan
Faculty
Phone:  509-793-2367

Sean Twohy Big Bend Community College English Instructor

Sean Twohy

 

Sean Twohy

English Instructor

Office: 1618
Phone: 509-793-2188
FAX: 509-762-6329
Email: SeanT@bigbend.edu

Sean Twohy hails from the home of Boeing and the birthplace of Kenny Loggins—Everett, Washington. While he eventually landed the greatest job ever, he hadn’t really planned on becoming a teacher.  Achieving mediocre grades throughout high school, he had his sights set on becoming a garbage man or construction worker. However, after discovering that the age requirement for garbage men was 26 and that the pipefitting apprentice program required night school, he began to meander his way through Everett Community College—taking such classes as Birds of the Northwest and Intro to Tai Chi. Sean continued educationally drifting while getting a Bachelor’s in Bellingham—relishing in such classes as Animals in Literature and Mysticism 338. On a whim, and with dreams of living like Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves, he moved out to South Dakota to receive his MA in English. There, he lived in a trailer park with his dog and truck, and with a constant fear of tornados.

Sean has an Associate’s from EvCC, a Bachelor’s from Western Washington University, his Master’s from University of South Dakota, and a certificate in TESOL from Seattle Pacific University. He also holds a Credential of Ministry from the Universal Life Church and can, and has, performed marriages.

Prior to teaching, Sean worked at a family diner, Regal Cinemas, Costco, The Seattle Times, Denny’s, a bakery, a construction company, a background screening company, and as a painter. He also volunteered at PAWS Wildlife Center where he spent much of his time scrubbing pond turtles with toothbrushes and washing dishes. Sean spends his free-time acquiring pets, hobbies, and responsibilities—while, simultaneously, slowly alienating himself from his friends and family.
Sean is passionate about teaching at the community college level and helping students achieve their goals. His objective is always to make writing accessible by pulling the mystery out of the essay and empowering students to understand the purpose behind every sentence they write.

 

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