Mary Alice Trent

Chair of the Modern Language and Literature Division

Dr. Mary Alice Trent is currently the Chair of the Modern Language and Literature Division at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN.  She is the founder and past chair of the Conference on Christianity, Culture, and Diversity in America in 2005 and 2006.  The courses she has taught include creative writing, grant writing, African-American Literature, upper division composition, and freshman comp.  Along with a number of journal articles and poetry and story publications, Dr. Trent has edited the book, Ethics in the 21st Century America in 2005 by Pearson Longman in Boston/NYC.   She has also co-edited The Language of Diversity, published in 2007 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in Newcastle, England; and Religion, Culture, Curriculum, and Diversity in America, published in 2007 by University Press of America in Lanham, Maryland.    She is currently working on a book of scholarship on Bowen Theory and literary applications to the works of six African-American authors, a project that has already received a book contract offer.  Her other works-in-progress include a novel set in four American cities and Western Europe and chronicles the triumphs and despair of an African-American heroine and a creative writing textbook.