Penny Perkins was an assistant professor for seven years at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY where she taught courses in communications, composition, women's studies, and interdisciplinary special topics. Currently, she is an adjunct at the University of North Florida (Jacksonville, FL) in the English Department teaching composition & rhetoric, creative writing (intro to fiction) and media studies (intro to film).
She is getting her MFA in creative writing (with an emphasis in fiction) from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Her anticipated graduation date is May 2015, as part of the first cohort to graduate from the new low-residency program. While at IAIA, she has studied with Sherman Alexie, Eden Robinson, Ramona Ausubel, Manuel Gonzales, and Marie-Helene Bertino.
Her short story “Car Ride Through Corn Fields (1975)” was chosen by Manuel Muñoz as the winner of Beecher’s Magazine 2014 Fiction Contest. Her creative non-fiction essay “A Girl’s Mouth” appeared in the September 2014 issue of HOAX #10, and three flash fiction pieces will appear in Waxwing #5 in February 2015. Other publication credits for fiction, poetry, and non-fiction include Salon, Conditions, The Portable Lower East Side, Curve, Girlfriend Number One, and Book, among others.
Prior to her teaching career, she worked for more than 20 years as a communications professional in education, media, and the arts.
Her short films and experimental videos have screened throughout New York State. She was a long-time blogger/columnist for About.com on socially progressive and alternative media.
Recent visual art projects include video art focusing on time-based photographic images and an on-going photographic series of industrial neon signs.
She is also one of the lead actors of the 2007 feature film Uncivil Liberties by Tom Mercer.
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