Working at a small, teaching-focused university has allowed me to teach broadly in creative writing, literature, and interdisciplinary courses. I have taught poetry workshops at both the graduate and undergraduate level. I have taught online writing courses, devised service-learning courses, and mentored our undergraduate and graduate students who choose a creative writing emphasis. In teaching poetry, I aim to cultivate a love of writing and a keen aesthetic sense. My workshops teach group critique, journal writing, revision, and portfolio assembly. While workshop meetings provide substantial feedback on student work, I strive for a celebratory classroom atmosphere that can nourish a passion for writing and propel new work.
Undergraduate Creative Writing Teaching Demonstration: The Process of Observation
This short teaching demo includes a close reading of Wei Ying-Wu’s poem Heartbreak at Our Old Dwelling, translated by Red Pine (In Such Hard Times, Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and Matsuo Basho’s haiku, The old pond… translated by Robert Hass (Essential Haiku,New York:Ecco Press, 1994)