Welcome to my virtual home. Here is for a lot of things, each a point from which I axis.
My work is about how people attentively and optimistically interact with, and make from, others’ texts. I’m especially interested in highly constrained and procedurally designed mechanisms that shape such interactions, both analog and digital, authored and appropriated. In more than one sense I’m describing (lived and coded) programs of reading, which is to say reading as invention. Some of these programs manifest, coalesce, and circulate as written genres, such as the commonplace log, the algorithmic poetry of the Oulipo, and the retweet. Optimism is important because it signals an affective commitment to openness and potentiality (both man- and machine-made). Thinking about such optimism rhetorically is important because it attends to making to make an impact (or to be impacted).
I would not have arrived at this research without the training and mentorship I received during my MFA in poetry at George Mason University, which I completed in 2010. It was there that I came to understand the inherent materiality in language that I often take that for granted and forget to redescribe for a broader audience (forgive me). My modes of critical inquiry were (in many ways) forged and (certainly) developed during my undergraduate education at Muhlenberg College, where I graduated with a B.A. in English in 2004.
I am fortunate to be pursuing my research as a doctoral student in composition and rhetoric at the University of Pittsburgh’s PhD program in Critical and Cultural Studies. Take a look around to see how these interests manifest in my teaching.things, and project.things), or see my curriculum vitae for more things. If you have other questions feel free to contact me.
***DISCLAIMER: Most entry titles are derived from definitions via The Oxford English Dictionary.