Marian Wolbers

Marian Wolbers

Lecturer of English


B.A., Japanese Studies, Bucknell University

M.A., English Literature, Kutztown University


Biography

Marian Frances Wolbers is an instructor of English at Albright College, where she also serves as General Education Coordinator for the School of Professional Studies. Awards at Albright include the Laughlin Distinguished Faculty Award for Research (2010) and the Methodist Award for Higher Education Exemplary Teaching (2009). She is an author of novels (including Rider, St. Martin’s Press), short stories (“The Rescue,” The Southampton Review), and numerous nonfiction books and articles; a dramatist (Return of the Sun Goddess, Holding the World, and American Beauties); memoirist; and poet. Wolbers contributes regularly to Berks County Living magazine as the “Dining Out” restaurant reviewer, and pens feature articles on a wide range of topics. Wolbers facilitates two creative writing groups locally (the Bold Writers, named after Bold Café in West Reading), and leads a creative writing mentoring program for inner-city high school students where Albright students may serve as volunteers and role models for aspiring young writers. She is a member of Authors Guild and Dramatists Guild, and she is represented by Frances Collin Literary Agency.

Areas of Research

  • “Teaching World Literature: Love & Revelation”
    • World Literature and Religion Panel, American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Seattle, March 2015
  • “Dynamic Academic Support and Success Strategies for ESL: Students in Adult Education”
    • Co-presenter, Community College Partners Conference, Albright College, October 2014
  • “Ensuring Rigor in Fashion Communications”
    • Panel moderator and presenter at “Dynamic Approaches to Teaching Fashion Communications” panel, Fashion and Communications ITAA Symposium, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, May 2014
  • “Poetry as Both Skin and Garment: Rita Dove’s ‘Stitches’ and the Treadle beneath Her Feet”
    • Celebrating African-American Literature Conference, Penn State University, October 2013
  • “Nomos, Mysticism, and Power Objects in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Gem of the Ocean, and The Piano Lesson
    • August Wilson Society Panel, American Literature Association Conference, Boston, May 2013
  • “Of Words and Threads”
    • EAPSU Intertextuality Conference at East Stroudsburg University, October 2012
  • “Using CMM [Coordinated Management of Meaning] to Prevent Plagiarism in College-Level ESL Students”
    • International TESOL Convention (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), Philadelphia, March 2012
  • “Labor, Space, Love, and Gender Democracy in Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes
    • The Conference on Global Film, University of Northern Alabama, March 2009

Courses Taught

Composition

World Literature

Japanese Culture through Literature

Feature Writing

Fashion Communications

Writing about Lifestyle (Food, Fitness, Fashion)

Learn more about Marian Wolbers at http://www.marianwolbers.com