Flatman: Poems of Protest in the Trump Era is now available on Amazon and Goodreads.
“Flatman follows the outrages of the Trump administration from September 2018 through May 2019, from his first playground taunts of ABC reporter Cecilia Vega through his helpful suggestions to water-bomb an 800-year old cathedral. Trump didn’t just unleash a fatal virus on our country. Trump IS a fatal virus in our country. From “Flatman” to “The Parasite,” this book chronicles the reign of a villain in villanelles–and other poetic forms.”
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As Associate Professor in the department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State University, I seek to develop culturally-sustaining and asset-based pedagogies (Paris and Alim 2014) for first-year writing students, a population which includes many international and first-generation domestic students. I serve on advisory committees for curriculum development of the first-year writing and developmental writing programs, and I also work with the organizing committee of MSU’s twice-yearly First-Year Writing Conference/Symposium.
Before returning to MSU, I lived in Paris for 25 years and earned my doctorate at the Sorbonne. My thesis, written in French, was a Russian-American influence study framed by Mikhail Bakhtin‘s concepts of literary polyphony, dialogism and heteroglossia. I am fascinated by linguistic and cultural intersections, and the translingual, transcultural, transnational and translocal student populations in Preparation for College Writing are a limitless field of inquiry, as we explore the students’ diverse “funds of knowledge” (Moll, Amanti, Neff and Ganzalex 1992).
Another of my goals is nurturing community engagement among students. I teach in the pilot Citizen Scholars program launched by the College of Arts and Letters. In October 2017, I coordinated efforts by WRAC, the Citizen Scholars program, the English Language Center and the MSU Library to host the Refuge Lansing exhibit, a series of portraits and stories of local refugees, along with panels of campus speakers. I mentor freshman students through STEP (Spartan Transition to Excellence Program), and I contributed a short essay on my own student transition to the anthology Side by Side, which was distributed at Academic Orientation in summer 2018.
Finally, I am deeply committed to faculty development, to sharing ideas and support with my colleagues. From 2015-2017, I co-facilitated a Faculty Learning Community centered on Stephen Brookfield’s “four lenses of critical reflection,” and I now co-facilitate a Learning Community of Adams Academy graduates, seeking to develop an online Teaching Commons for all MSU teaching faculty and staff. I belong to a faculty writing group which published an anthology of our workshop writings and exercises, Transforming Teaching Through Reflective Writing Experience, in summer 2018. I am an executive board member of the Michigan College English Association and co-chair of the 2019 Conference (Bessey Hall, 10.5.19), and department representative for the Union of Non-Tenured Faculty at MSU.
Brookfield (1995) writes that excellent teachers continually engage in critical self-reflection through the lenses of autobiography (their own learning experiences), student and peer feedback and engagement with the theoretical literature of higher education. How do these lenses serve you in challenging your assumptions and revising your teaching goals and practices?