Writing Program - Faculty Details


Mark Brenden

Mark Brenden
Lecturer for the Writing Program


  • The Teaching of Writing
  • Political Rhetoric
  • Western Literature/Film
  • Literacy Studies


  • B.A., English Literature, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2011
  • M.A., English Literature/Rhetoric, South Dakota State University, 2015


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About Mark Brenden

Mark hails from the rolling prairies of eastern South Dakota, where you can often see over ten miles any direction you look. The wide-openness of the plains encouraged him to maintain an open mind, which has in turn informed his teaching. He believes that writing classes double as critical-thinking classes, and he encourages his students to challenge established norms and to wrestle with complex ideas in their writing. Mark wrote his Master’s thesis on Western film adaptations released in the 2000s decade, examining the way they reflected, analyzed, and subverted the “cowboy rhetoric” prevalent in the era’s politics. After previously living in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wyoming, he now resides in Durango and enjoys hiking, camping, reading books, watching movies, and strumming on a guitar.