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teaching fourth graders flexible thought
charity events & other Word Forage Interventions
using glitter to see into space more clearly
Writing Workshops I’m Teaching
Family As Fodder
Poetry for Prose Writers
Center Stage for the Muses: Storytelling with the Tarot
Writing, Courage, & the Unknown
Dr. Carr’s Word Forage
The Sexual Politics of Meat
Why We Need Science Fiction
Murder Mysteries & the Avant Garde
I am trained as a poet and an ecofeminist scholar.
I describe myself as an innovative teacher-practitioner committed to diversity and artistic risk-taking.
My experience teaching music to Quaker children early in my career encourages me to think of all of my classes as laboratories: spaces for exploration, imagining together, sharing what we’ve created, and thinking metacognitively about what happens in these inventive moments.
For me, to teach is to be curious, to be surprised, to be challenged, and to learn. I believe:
1. Writing is an act of attention, where attention is a way of caring for the world.
2. Growing writers has everything to do with how students observe the world and interact with and respond to its inhabitants (including but not limited to other persons).
3. The workshop is an ever-evolving entity. As Maggie Nelson writes: “People need to do their own thing, make their own mistakes, work through their own psychodramas, reinvent the wheel, if they must, on their own time and in their own terms… Mostly I want to point to third things—unruly, inscrutable, multivalent, un-ownable third things—without knowing exactly what they have to say or teach. For when things are going well with art-making and art-viewing, art doesn’t really say or teach anything. The action is elsewhere.”
Therefore, I lead each class differently, with the goal of meeting each group of students where they’re at, exposing them to diverse forms and sensibilities of writing, and helping them to develop the critical and creative faculties they need to cultivate their own identities as writers.
I approach each workshop from the perspective of the dinner invitation: as instructor, my role is to create the ideal conditions for diverse imaginations and intellects to flourish and, ultimately, grow into a community of cooperation and difference with a shared passion for writing.
I’m interested in participating in conversations on poetry and storytelling; book-length poetry projects; intersections of poetry and science; poetry and climate change; poetry and pedagogy; poetry and play; writing between genres; revision and lineation; ecopoetics and writing with nature; poetry and mental health; love poetry; poetry, divination, and the occult; games, chance procedures, and the legacy of the Oulipo.