School of the Arts Faculty
Part Time Faculty (2006)
B.A. University of Michigan, M.F.A. Emerson College
Jonathan Irwin is a journalist and essayist. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Down East, Transitions Abroad, LUMINA, Monkeybicycle.net, Alimentum, GamePro, and Kill Screen. He won PEN New England's Discovery Award for Nonfiction in Fall 2009.
Irwin's courses include Reading (and Writing Culture), about the creation of modern-day myth and its rhetorical purposes, and The Games People Play, where students examine today's gaming culture as a way to understand and analyze community interaction. He also teaches composition and literature at Bunker Hill Community College.
In 1999, he was recognized for Superior Achievement in Writing from the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). He worked with Joyce Maynard as a researcher for her 2006 book Internal Combustion, and helped Daniel Asa Rose re-launch the international literary journal The Reading Room later that spring. In Winter 2008, his essay "Arguing Against the Propagation of Our Species, in Three Parts" was a finalist in LUMINA's Creative Nonfiction contest. Irwin currently writes about the electronic games industry for various websites and print publications. He is also working on a memoir about his time in France as a male au pair.