Joy Harjo at Pacific Northwest College of Art

Last night, Joy Harjo was at Pacific Northwest College of Art, where I teach literature and composition. She was giving the 2014 Edelman Lecture, though she said she dislikes the idea of a “lecture” and, in fact, drifted in and out of “lecture” mode, mixing in storytelling, poetry, advice on making art, and an original song … More Joy Harjo at Pacific Northwest College of Art

AWP Day 2: We shouldn’t be here because we should be writing

I’m writing this before the big event today — Annie Proulx’s keynote address — because I have no idea what kind of time I’ll have to write it after. And there’s plenty to write about already. So far today I’ve hit three panels. The first was at 9 am and, miraculously, I made it there … More AWP Day 2: We shouldn’t be here because we should be writing

Where I’ll (probably) be at AWP in Seattle

Whenever I’m lucky enough to go to an academic conference, I always have my students assign me homework. I go because I love the intellectual and social exchanges — hearing so many brilliant panels and literary readings, meeting so many fellow writers and finding so many new publications, and drinking with old friends and colleagues: … More Where I’ll (probably) be at AWP in Seattle

NC Teacher: “I Quit”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A letter from a disgusted teacher: I QUIT Kris L. Nielsen Monroe, NC 28110 Union County Public Schools Human Resources Department 400 North Church Street Monroe, NC 28112 October 25, 2012 To All it May Concern: I’m doing something I thought I would never do—something that will make…

Teachers Pay Teachers: also known as “Robbing Peter, Paying Paul”

This past week, I read a fascinating article by Corinna Meier over at Best Colleges Online. It was well timed, as the two colleges where I work are engaged in next-year-planning discussion of all sorts of issues: pedagogy, organization, online education, new programs on offer.* So the business of teaching has been on the brain lately, and … More Teachers Pay Teachers: also known as “Robbing Peter, Paying Paul”

On Boston

Twice in my teaching life, I have sat in rooms with students and tried to find the words to convey tragedy. The first time was twelve years ago, in my first year — my first month — of teaching outside of grad school. When I learned of the attacks on September 11, 2001, I was … More On Boston