Welcome to my virtual home. Here is for a lot of things, each a point from which I axis.
My work is and is about procedurally constrained compositions, from the poetics of the Oulipo, to computer-assisted research, to my own poetics, to the subject of my dissertation: notebook-based productivity systems (commonplace books, DIY planners, bullet journals, etc.) as evidenced by the meta-genres (the talk about and around them) on the Internet. On a broad scale, I investigate whether and how constraint is a generative mechanic– what it enables and what it defers — according to the writers and makers who compose through self-imposed systems and boundaries.
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 candidate 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.