Office/Department: English, Department of
Location: Hagg-Sauer Hall 302
Phone: (218) 755-3356
Box #: 23
Dr. Mark Christensen, a professor of English at Bemidji State University, has published three books, one a poetry collection that was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the second a textbook for the writing of essays, the third a memoir in prose poems.
He has published poems in venues around the country, as well as scholarly articles and popular press essays and commentaries. He maintains an active teaching and research agenda, centering on issues of composition theory, pedagogy, and the teaching of creative writing.
A regular in Bemidji’s annual Opera Night performances, he has also performed readings of his creative writing for various venues, including the Minnesota Arts Council’s Spoken Word series held in Bemidji and the university’s Honors Council lecture series.
As a singer he has performed in recitals, ensemble performances, as a guest soloist at the Bismarck State College Spring Choral Concert, as a bass in roles such as Bartolo in the Loon Opera Company production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, as Mr. Gobineau in that company’s production of The Medium, as The Bonz in Madama Butterfly, as Zuniga in the Lake Bemidji Summer Opera Festival production of Carmen and as the title role in the same company’s production of Paul Bunyan. He has also sung roles in musical theater, including Kiss Me, Kate, as Charles Dickens in an adaptation of A Christmas Carol: the Musical, and as Juan Peron in Evita.
Professor Christensen has earned a B.A. and an M.A. in English, an M.E.P.D. and a Ph.D in English Education, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and a B.A. in Music. He began teaching in 1975; he began teaching at Bemidji State in 1990.
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