Danielle Letourneau MFA
- University of Southern Maine, MFA in Creative Writing
- University of Southern Maine, BA in English
Danielle Letourneau is a neurodivergent mother, artist, and writer who joined the University of Southern Maine in 2007. She first came to USM as a high school student taking early aspiration classes, then proceeded to earn her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Upon completion of her Master's degree in Creative Writing, Danielle became a USM staff member on the Lewiston campus. Her passions in DEIA focus on neurodivergency, motherhood, and disability. In her free time, she administers various online art and charity crafting groups.
Her university service includes:
Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Neurodivergent and Disabled Faculty and Staff Affinity Group
Chair - USM Classified Staff Senate
Lewiston Campus Contact - USM ACSUM Executive Board
Member, Inclusion, Diversiy, and Equity Council
Member - Bias Prevention and Response Team
Member, - Nursing Compassion, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force
Member, IDEA Committee of the Combined Staff Senate
Member, Restorative Justice Action Team
Areas of Expertise
Science Fiction and Fantasy literature in academia; genre diversity; Genre theory; Popular fiction writing; Popular fiction reading.
Letourneau, Danielle. “Pejorative and Polarizing Perceptions: The Fight for the Abolition of Genre Prejudice.” International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, 2019 Conference. 15 March 2019, Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside, Orlando, FL.
Leto, D.R. “SFF Literature in Academia: Genre, Canonicity, and How to Conquer Perceptions (Or, I got Eighty-Seven Syllabi, but Pop. Fic. Ain’t on One).” Stonecoast MFA Summer Residency, 14 July 2015, Searles Building, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.
Letourneau, D.R. Chapter 10, Untraveled Worlds: Elements of Exile. Stonecoast MFA Summer Residency, 17 July 2015, Searles Building, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.
Letourneau, D.R. “Nancy Holder and the Seven Musical Notes.” Stonecoast MFA Summer Residency, 13 July 2015, The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern, Brunswick, ME.
Letourneau, D.R. Excerpt from Untraveled Worlds: Elements of Exile. Stonecoast MFA Winter Residency, 12 January 2015, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, ME.
Letourneau, D.R. Chapter 1, Untraveled Worlds: Elements of Exile. Stonecoast MFA Summer Residency, 14 July 2014, The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern, Brunswick, ME.
Letourneau, Danielle. “Symbiosis.” Stone House: A Literary Anthology. Ed. Bobbie Ford. New York: Bobbie Ford, 2014. 75-83.
Pelletier, Danielle. “The Haunting of Joseph Lionel.” Poetry Quarterly: The Sneaky Winter/Summer Edition (2012).
Pelletier, Danielle. “Tangled Hearts.” Poetry Quarterly: The Sneaky Winter/Summer Edition (2012).
Pelletier-Cairns, Danielle. “Rainfall.” Off the Coast 10.3 (2004): 52.