Campus closed Mon., May 28 for Memorial Day

Shoreline’s campus and all College services will be closed on Mon., May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. The College will reopen for regular business operating hours on Tues., May 29. 

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Brian Martin

Humanities & English





M.A.  Literature.  Oregon State University, 2008.

B.A.  Literature.  University of Washington, 2006.

B.A.  History.  Western Washington University, 1991.


Courses taught

  • English 101
  • English 102
  • English 271/272  Beginning Poetry Writing (Winter 2016)
  • Humanities 111  The Ancient World
  • Humanities 112  Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Revolution


Interests (academic & personal)

  • Understanding our world's religions.
  • Composition: writing that is clear, interesting, sophisticated, and supported by good reasoning and evidence.
  • The Theory of Biological Evolution
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Poetry
  • Philology


Short Lists of favorites

  • Novelists & poets: Walt Whitman, Jack Kerouac, Kim Addonizio, Herman Melville, Jonathan Franzen, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Philip Levine, Cormac McCarthy, Emily Dickinson, Marina Tsvetaeva, Emily Brontë, Louise Gluck.
  • Historians: Gordon Wood, Jon Meacham, John Keegan, Richard Beeman, Perry Miller, Toby Wilkinson.
  • Religious scholars: Elaine Pagels, Karen Armstrong, Stephen Prothero, Richard E. Friedman (Who Wrote the Bible?), Dennis MacDonald (The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark).
  • Philosophers: René Descartes, Albert Camus, the author of The Book of Ecclesiastes, Voltaire, Friedrich Nietzsche, Bryan Magee (Confessions of a Philosopher), Aristotle, Thomas Paine, Robert Fogelin
    (Walking the Tightrope of Reason).