Clinical Professor of Liberal Studies
Ph.D., New York University- English Education
M.A. - New York University- Poetry
Areas of Interest: Contemporary American Poetry; The Essay; Girls' Studies; Popular Culture; Young Adult Novels; and the History of Print Culture
Course(s) Taught: Writing I: Remembering Landscapes and Reckoning with Texts; Writing II: Small Screens and the Politics of Looking; Creative Writing: Places; Youth in Revolt: Case Studies in Global Activism
My courses are interdisciplinary, multi-modal, and student-centered. We work with a variety of different documents: poems, essays, graphic novels, blog posts, websites, Twitter feeds, Instagram accounts, movies, T.V. shows, primary documents from subcultures, and secondary materials from historians, sociologists, and theorists. I treat my students as writers who are active practitioners of their craft and are working towards real projects that exist in the world. To that end, we write and revise a lot, and we spend a considerable amount of time thinking about audience and readership. Students in my classes can expect to be challenged by projects that ask them to become investigators—that is, global citizens who are trying to make sense of the complexities of the world we inhabit. Some of those complexities of late have to do with gender issues, human sexuality, racial violence in America, and how subcultures shape and shift the ideas of the ruling class.
I am also deeply invested in radical pedagogies and methodology. As a long time Associate for Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking, I facilitate workshops to help faculty make their classrooms more writing intensive. I believe that writing is both a way to think and an end product of that thinking. Students in all of my classes can expect to write often in class and for homework and to learn how to workshop and critique each other’s writing in a supportive and structured environment.
Lastly, my courses are fun, interactive, and engaging. We grapple with texts, we apply theory to our lives, and we figure out to connect the day-to-day to the larger world.
- The Stalker Chronicles. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012.
- "21 + 21 = 42." The Nervous Breakdown. January 2015.
- "On Spectacle and Silence.” Public Books. July 2105.
- "On Unhappiness." Mutha Magazine. September 2014.
- "On Nit-Picking and Co-Parenting." Brainchild Magazine. June 2014.
- "Review of Jennifer H. Fortin’s We Lack in Equipment and Control." Pank Magazine. June 2014.
- "Dancing on My Own." Delirious Hem. February 2013.
- "Review of Caitlin Flanagan’s Girl Land." Writing in Public. May 2012.
- "Slips and Falls." Aufgabe, Vol. 11. (July 2012).
- "Review of Eavon Boland’s A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet." Writing in Public. January 2012.
- "The Sick Book." Linebreak. 2011.
- "Invasion of the Everygirl: Seventeen Magazine, ‘Traumarama!’ and the Girl Writer.” The Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 44, No. 6. (Winter 2011): 1248–67.
- "Eileen Myles' Inferno." The Poetry Project Newsletter. February/March 2011.
- "Review of Dawn Lundy Martin’s Discipline." Painted Bride Quarterly 84 (2011).
- "Radical Revision: Toward Demystifying the Labor of Writing." Enduring Questions and Essential Practices: Reflections on Writing-Based Teaching. Ed. Teresa Vilardi. State University of New York Press, 2009.
- "The Hot Girl" and "Mythical Girls." Forthcoming in American Poetry Review.
- "Five Poems and an Interview." Connotation Press. 2011. Web.
- "Morning Cartoons, Age Five." Drunken Boat. 2011. Web.
- "Summer Vacation," Swink. 2011. Web.