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Welcome to the virtual home of Moriah L. Purdy. Here is for a lot of things. Here is a point from which I axis.

In the fall of 2013 I moved to Pennsylvania to start my coursework toward a doctorate in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Pittsburgh after three years working at Washington College as the Assistant Director of the Writing Center and an instructor for the departments of English and Education. I received an MFA in poetry from George Mason University in 2010 and an undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing at Muhlenberg College in 2004.

I see my interests as a poet and researcher converging at the nexus of rhetorical genre studies, textual studies, affect theory, and poetics. As a poet I’m invested in visual, procedural, constrained, eco-, and appropriative projects of inquiry derived from attentive and optimistic interactions with others’ texts. In my research, I am interested in other people’s affective attachments to texts, and the ways in which such attachment becomes visible as written or otherwise communicated genres. Given that my interests are best served by looking at networks of circulation and use, digital arenas have and will continue to be particularly exciting sites for my research.

Just about everything I do has some kind of implication for my pedagogy. I am currently teaching Seminar in Composition (one of Pitt’s first-year composition courses) through this year’s staff syllabus, with Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love as a shared course text. I’m primarily working with this book, along with my students, as a case study into critical inquiry. You can witness/engage with my students blogging at https://scspring2015commonplaceblog.wordpress.com/ to see what we’re up to and get a sense of the course.

Many thoughts begin here at the blog and go off to be better articulated elsewhere, particularly in poem and in my classroom(s)… here is for beginnings. Since starting my PhD studies in the fall of 2013 at the University of Pittsburgh I have been woefully short on time for general blogging because I’ve been happily working through substantial reading, thinking, and writing in my coursework. As such, things are a bit in transition here, as I’m moving the site from a primarily blog-feel to a website-with-blog-component-feel. A start at a teaching portfolio on this site is forthcoming in early 2015. Revision, as always, is ongoing.

Please see my curriculum vitae and the other site pages for more things, or feel free to contact me.

                  ***DISCLAIMER: Most blog entry titles are derived from definitions via The Oxford English Dictionary.