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Colette G. Tennant

Professor of English

B.A. in English - Ohio State University
M.A. in English - Longwood University 
Ph.D. in English - Ohio State University

Professional: Dr. Tennant began teaching at Corban in 1995, with areas of expertise that include American literature, British literature, minority authors, creative writing and poetry. She also teaches art history and literature in Corban’s Ambex study abroad program in Germany.

Dr. Tennant is the founder of Corban's poetry club, Stinky Bagels, as well as Corban’s Literary Arts Council and the annual Fusion Art Show, which showcases an eclectic blend of student poetry, painting and photography, culminating in a book featuring their work.

Dr. Tennant’s published works include two poetry books, Eden and After (2015) and Commotion of Wings (2010). She also has published a book of literary criticism: Reading the Gothic in Margaret Atwood’s First Seven Novels (2003), and approximately 100 poems in Southern Poetry Review, Rattle, Christianity and Literature, and other journals. In 2014, her poem “Smaller” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

She has served as the Vice President of Oregon State Poetry Association and is a member of Peregrine Writers of Salem, Oregon, Christianity and Literature Conference, Oregon Christian Writers, Oregon Poets, and the Oxford Round Table.

Personal: Colette and her husband Stuart have three grown children, Shannon (married to son-in-law Matthew), Byron and Andrew, and a new grandson, Luke. She enjoys competitive Scrabble, traveling the beautiful Northwest, playing the piano and composing music. She has written six Christmas programs for children, including the scripts and music, and has composed the music for the Corban Theater Arts camps.

A quirky thing about Colette? She loves rodeos. Here’s another: She got locked in a graveyard in Canterbury, England, when the rest of her family was 6,000+ miles away, and nobody knew she was there!

Why Corban: “As a Christian, I thought it would be wonderful to teach at a Christian university since I had taught at secular universities and colleges before. Prospective students should know that they would be hard-pressed to find a more caring college than Corban. We have an excellent English department with lots of outlets for creativity.”