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Communications educator

Darren C. Defrain, American communications educator. Member of Modern Language Association, Associated Writing Programs.


Defrain, Darren C. was born on June 15, 1967 in Fairbanks, Arkansas, United States. Son of Dennis Allen and Carol Jean DeFrain.


Bachelor, Bachelor of Science, University Utah, 1989. Master of Arts in English, Kansas State University, 1992. Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Texas State University, 1995.

Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Writing, Western Michigan University, 2000.


He received a B.A. in English, B.S. in Psychology, and a minor in Italian from the University of Utah in 1989, an M.A. Darren DeFrain is the author of two books of fiction. His novel The Salt Palace (2005) was nominated for several best-of-the-year lists including The Kansas City Star. DeFrain has been on faculty at Wichita State University since 2005 and is currently associate professor.


  • DeFrain’s collection of short fiction, Inside & Out: Stories, debuted in 2009 and was praised by MacArthur Fellow Stuart Dybek, and Rea award winner Antonya Nelson.


This heavily footnoted, postmodern work, sometimes described as a cult novel, examines the histories of the LDS church, the state of Utah, and the Utah Jazz basketball franchise against the story of Brian Peterson and a one-armed hitchhiker as they attempt a dangerous series of road games on their way from Michigan to Utah.


Every Church statement in social or economic field should be seriously considered and demonstrate a competence in political sphere.


Church members should be close and caring to feel each other's pains and problems. The good of the whole body of the Christian society should be put before individual needs.


Member of Modern Language Association, Associated Writing Programs.


Married Melinda Diane Munzinger-DeFrain, June 20, 1992. Children: Madchen Adelle, Ava Jane DeFrain.

Dennis Allen

Carol Jean DeFrain

Melinda Diane Munzinger-DeFrain

Madchen Adelle Defrain

Ava Jane DeFrain Defrain