Perrin Kerns | Prescott College

Perrin Kerns


        Ph.D.   University of Oregon, English Literature.


         M.A.   University of Oregon, English Literature.


         B.A.    University of Oregon, English Literature and

                      Secondary Education, Summa Cum Laude


Modernism, Creative Nonfiction, Feminist Theory, Women Writers, Graphic Novel, Digital Storytelling, Poetry and Poetics, Composition, African American Autobiography, American Literature.


Documentaries and Digital Stories:

What I Can Tell You: (Short Animated Documentary)

Oregon Independent Film Festival, Portland Oregon, September 2018

 Between Sasquatch and Superman: Living with Down Syndrome (Short Documentary)

 NW DocFest,Mission Theater, Portland, Oregon, December 2010

 San Francisco International Shorts Festival,Roxie Theater, San Francisco, California, September 2011.

 Sprout Film Festival, Metropolitan Art Museum, New York City, April 2012.

 Toured with Sprout nationally –

Sprout Film Festival, Kennedy School, Portland, Oregon, May 2012

Sprout Film Festival, Corvallis, May 2013

Portland, Maine, April, 2013

Batavia, NY, March, 2013

Eugene, OR March 2013

Seville, OH, March 2013

Spurwink Sprout Film Festival, Portland, Maine, April, 2016

Arc Northland, Duluth, MN, October, 2016

The Arc of Williamson County’s Sprout Film Festival, Nashville, Tennessee, November, 2016

The Berkshire County Arc’s Sprout Film Festival in Pittsfield, MA, March 12, 2017

Sprout Film Festival, Reg Lenna Center in Jamestown, NY, September, 2018.

 Fastnet Film Festival, Ireland, April-May 2012 -- short listed for best documentary

 Oregon Public Broadcasting,Oregon Lens: Oregon Independent Filmmakers' showcase, August 2013

 Looking for Mom in Our Father's Closet (Short Documentary)

NW DocFest, Mission Theater, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 2011

Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon Lens:Oregon Independent Filmmakers showcase, August 2013

Official Selection San Francisco International Shorts Festival, Oct, 2013

On Being Round: Five Fragments on Fat (Personal Narrative Short Film)

 NW DocFest, Mission Theater, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 2013

 Women in Film Screening, Portland Art Museum, May 2014

 Black Holes (Digital Story) and Body Count (Digital Story)

 International Digital Storytelling Conference, Anakara, Turkey, May 2013



Digital Storytelling Training, Southridge High School, Beaverton, Oregon, Sept. 2017.Junior teachers incorporated digital storytelling into their English curriculum and over 300 students made digital stories.

Digital Storytelling Production Workshop, Compose Conference, Clackamas Community College, May 20, 2017.

Multimodal Pedagogies: Digital Storytelling, Map Essays, and Technology as Text, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, Oregon, March 2017.

Virginia Woolf and Time, Session Chair, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 2015

Digital Storytelling: Visual River like a Dream, Summer Fishtrap Writer's Workshop. Joseph, Oregon. July 2014 and July 2015.

Digital Storytelling: Personal Narrative and the Tiny Film, Compose Conference, Clackamas Community College, May 31, 2014.

Comics go to College, Panel Discussion, Portland Comic Con., Portland Oregon, Jan. 25, 2014

Documentary Film and the Personal Narrative, Session Chair, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Seattle, WA, 2012

Text: Image Visual Studies in the English Department, Modern Language Association Conference, Seattle, WA, 2011.

Virginia Woolf, Panel Chair, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, San Francisco, CA., 2009.

“Bearing Graphic Witness: The Graphic Novel as Testimony and the Crisis of Representation in Art Spiegelman’sIn the Shadow of No Towers.”Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, San Francisco, CA. (2009)

Gay and Lesbian Literature, Panel Chair, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Pomona, CA, (2008)

“Mrs. Dalloway: Gender and the Politics of Style” Undergraduate Student Panel Moderator, 15th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf: the Art of Exploration, Lewis and Clark College, Portland Oregon, 2005

“Round the Mulberry Bush”: Virginia Woolf as Social Activist – War, Civilization and the Human Condition,” Undergraduate Student Panel Moderator, 15th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf: the Art of Exploration, Lewis and Clark College, Portland Oregon, 2005

“Writing Our Other(ness): Memoir as Response to Intersections of Race and Gender in African-American Autobiography,” Moderator. Gender Symposium, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, March 2004.

"I Spy: Dirty Victims and Clean Spectators in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar," Gender Symposium, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, March 2000.

"Singing the Other's Song: The Rhetoric of War and the Poetics of Peace in H.D.'s The Gift, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Portland State University, November 1999.

"Local Writing:  Using the Oregon Literature Series Prose Volume in the College Composition Classroom," Annual Spring Composition Conference, SOSC, Ashland, Oregon, April 1996.

 “Emptying Out the Word in Jamaica Kincaid's 'Girl',” The International Conference on Narrative Literature, Vancouver B.C., April 1994.

"Using Portfolios in the Writing Classroom," Annual Spring Composition Conference, Monmouth, Oregon, April 1994.

"Reproduction of a Bodied Voice: The Poetic Text as a Form of Resistance in The Little School,” Philological Association of the Pacific Coast, Seattle, Washington, November 1993.

"The Sea Between: Emily Dickinson and Lyric Time". "Soundings" Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, May 1993.

"'We rise again from death and live': The Gesture of Faith in H.D.'s Trilogy."  The Pacific Northwest American Studies Conference, Bend, Oregon, April


Awards, Grants, & Honors
  • Best Short Animated Film, Oregon Independent Film Festival, Sept. 2018
  • Selected for Online Technology Innovation Group, Sep. 2017
  • Festival Director's Choice Award, San Francisco International Shorts Festival, September 2011
  • Shortlisted for Best Documentary, Fastnet Festival, Ireland, 2011
  • Excellence and Innovation Grant, Marylhurst University, 2011
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Marylhurst University, 2010
  • Dissertation Defense passed with Distinction, 1998
  • Alternate for American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship, 1994
  • Center for the Study of Women and Society Research Grant, 1993-94.
  • Awards for Excellence in the Teaching of Composition, University of Oregon 1989 and 1990.
  • Phi Beta Kappa