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My writing portfolio

At the moment I'm working on a research project about what composition teachers and theorists believe about collaborative learning, and how we might reconsider the practices we use for social learning to better accomodate students on the Autism spectrum. I'll post some writing on this as soon as I have some.

My professional elevator blurb
I'm currently studying for my PhD in English at the CUNY graduate center. At the moment I do a lot of thinking and writing about different models for teaching composition and rhetoric, cultural theory about technology and disability, and developmental and cognitive approaches to the study of the mind. I've been teaching writing since I began working on my PhD in 2010, and have taught a range of first- and second-year writing courses at LaGuardia Community College and City College of New York.

How I love writing
I love writing with other people, and so I tend to collect writers in my life. One friend, Nathan, is working on his first book of poems as he finishes his Master's of Fine Arts in creative writing. You can see some of his work here on his new website. Anthony, an aspiring archeologist, has worked all over social media and is a very active blogger and microblogger. Christopher, who waits tables for a living, also writes fiction, draws, paints, and keeps a blog. Chris, also a waiter, spends his days drawing, writing, and producing a semi-autobiographical online webcomic. I write all the time, of course: on my study blog, developing my teaching materials, experimenting with poetry. Applications to join the commune are always accepted.

Some borrowed voices

Le Médecin Malgré Lui
By William Carlos Williams

Oh I suppose I should
Wash the walls of my office,
Polish the rust from
My instruments and keep them
Definitely in order;
Build shelves in
The little laboratory;
Empty out the old stains,
Clean the bottles
And refill them; buy
Another lens; put
My journals on edge instead of
Letting them lie flat
In heaps—then begin
Ten years back and
Read them to date,
Cataloguing important
Articles for ready reference.
I suppose I should
Read the new books.
If to this I added
A bill at the tailor’s
And the cleaner’s
And grew a decent beard
And cultivated a look
Of importance—
Who can tell? I might be
A credit to my Lady Happiness
And never think anything
But a white thought!

Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insights and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. […] I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries. —Carl Sagan, Cosmos (1980): 282

Any method is right, every method is right, that expresses what we wish to express, if we are writers; that brings us closer to the novelist’s intention if we are readers. This method has the merit of bringing us closer to what we were prepared to call life itself[.] — Virginia Woolf, "Modern Fiction" The Common Reader (1925)


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