Breeann Kyte Kirby, M.A., M.S., M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

With Master's in literature, biology, and creative writing, Breeann Kirby is truly a master of all trades and doctor of none. As a former research scientist turned writer, Kirby is firmly grounded in both science and literature, still working in both fields by facilitating collaborations between scientists, writers, and artists. Kirby writes in all genres, and her creative and scientific work has been published both in print and online.


  • M.F.A. Creative Writing, San Diego State University
  • M.S. Molecular Biology, San Diego State Univeristy
  • M.A. English Literature, University of West Florida
  • B.S. Biochemistry, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • B.A. Literature, Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • College Composition: Research - First Year Experience (GE) – WRI116
  • College Composition: Writing and Research - First Year Experience (GE) – WRI110
  • Literature and Culture (GE) – LIT200
  • University Now

Experience in Field

  • Research interests: Microbial ecology as it relates to the human microbiome.
  • Adjunct Professor of Literature, PLNU, 2004 – 2007; 2015 – present
  • Freelance Writer, 2010 – present
  • Teaching Assistant, San Diego State University, 2007 – 2008; 2015 – 2016
  • Researcher, San Diego State University, 2007 – 2010
  • Teaching Assistant, University of West Florida, 2002 – 2004

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Organizer Year of the Phage Meeting, San Diego State University, 2015
  • Owner Wholon, a hub to connect scientist with artists, 2014 – present
  • The Second Annual Women’s Studies Conference at the University of West Florida, Spring 2003: “‘Now We See the Violence Inherent in the System’: Violence to the Other in Kathy Acker’s Empire of the Senseless”
  • The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers, Spring 2003: Various poems from Spaces
  • San Diego State University, Spring 2008: “What We Can Learn From the Spanish Influenza Virus”
  • San Diego Microbiology Group, Spring 2009: “What the F? Frameshift Proteins and Hepatitis C Virus”
  • Breadloaf, Orion Environmental Writers, June 2014: “Microbial Fingerprints,” “And the Multitudes Sing”
  • San Diego State University Poetic Picnic collaboration between textile artists and writers, November 2014
  • San Diego State University Poetry Pop-Up spoken-word performance, December 2014
  • CityWorks Press Sunshine/Noir II book release, October 2015: “The Night Before Deployment”
  • San Diego State University Downtown Gallery for Embodied performance poetry, November 2015/January 2016: “Son”
  • San Diego State University Will Write for Love live writing event, February 2015/2016/2017
  • The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles) for The Eeel/Shrug, March 2016: “(bio)Poïesis”
  • The Narrators, September 2016 and February 2017: “Racist Uncle” and “Red-Handed”

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Dreams of Inextricably Intertwined Determinance. UWF, 2004. (nonfiction)
  • Elucidating the Roles of Frameshift Proteins in the Lifecycle of HCV, SDSU, 2010 (research article)
  • Metagenomic Analysis of the Spatial Distribution of Viral Communities in the Cystic Fibrosis Lung, PlosBio, 2012 (research article)
  • Going Viral, The Scientist, 2013 (nonfiction)
  • The Value of Women’s Work, Gallery Program for Home Affairs exhibition, Art Produce, San Diego, CA, 2015 (nonfiction)
  • The Night Before Deployment, Sunshine/Noir II, City Works Press, 2015 (fiction)
  • (bio)Poïesis, The EEEL, 2015 (poetry)
  • Roost and City Builders, Center for Humans and Nature City Creatures blog, March/November 2015 (nonfiction)
  • Penitent, Serving House Journal, Fall 2015 (poetry)
  • Forbestown Trailer, Diagram, forthcoming, accepted fall 2016 (hybrid fiction)
  • The Hope is in the Flame, Orion Magazine (blog), January 2017 (nonfiction)
  • Phages in Love and Translation, Coachella Review, 2017 (poetry)