Kathleen Pfeiffer

Kathleen Pfeiffer is a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow in the Literary Arts, an award she received for her work in creative nonfiction.  Her current writing, which looks at the relationships between personal experience and moments in literature, grows out of her extensive work as a literary critic and professor of American and African-American literature.   She is writing a memoir of stepmotherhood and loss, and she blogs at www.kathywrites.com.

Kathy’s teaching career began at Brandeis University, where she earned her M.A and Ph.D., and it continued at Yale University, where she not only taught writing classes, but also served as Morse College Writing Tutor and Resident Fellow.  Since 1997, Kathy has been Professor at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where she is currently serves as Chair of the English Department.

Artist Statement

I trust in the healing power of narrative. Whether I’m writing memoir, personal essays or literary criticism, I uncover the tales that are hidden or neglected. I believe that when we tell our stories, we discover our selves, we claim our place in the world. I write to explore the connections between my own individual narrative and our broader shared literary tradition.

Learn more about Kathleen Pfeiffer @ www.kresgeartsindetroit.org

Art X Detroit Media Coverage on Kathleen Pfeiffer:

The Oakland Post | English professor shares experiences as a stepmother through memoir
By Kevin Graham | March 5, 2013