Lecturer in English
Paula Sword Orr joined PCC in the spring as an adjunct professor, and is the curriculum coordinator for the English and Communication Concentration. A horse lover and foodie, she is a writer and professor living in Los Feliz (a Happy Valley), and grew up in a coal mining town in the Appalachian foothills. A former writer at the Austin-American Statesman and Mediabistro.com, Orr is at work on a memoir about hope and gives inspirational talks about living joyfully through limbo. She runs a monthly writing retreat and co-wrote a TV pilot, now in development with a Hollywood producer. She holds a BA in English Literature and Film Criticism from the University of Kentucky and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.