Gina Ochsner

Associate Professor of English



  • M.A. Iowa State
  • M.F.A. University of Oregon


Professor Ochsner teaches writing and literature courses as Corban’s Writer-in-Residence. She also directs the annual Portals Writing Conference hosted at Corban for local high school honors students who are interested in creative expression through writing and poetry.

Ochsner’s published works include The Necessary Grace to Fall (2002), which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; People I Wanted To Be (2005), which earned an Oregon Book Award; and two novels: The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight (2011) and The Hidden Letters of Velta B. (2016).

See more of Gina Ochsner’s work at

Why Corban

“I started at Corban in 2008 as an adjunct teaching short story writing. I was immediately impressed by the level of scholarship exhibited by both students and faculty. I had never before encountered a group of students and faculty who demonstrated such a high level of intellectual curiosity as well as genuine warmth for one another.”