The blog and I

I read, I write, and I teach, somewhere in the U.S.

I am a creative writer with one published book, one unpublished manuscript making the rounds, and one manuscript in progress.  I teach and chair the English department at an independent high school I call Starfleet Academy (SA).

When I started this blog, I was adjuncting at three other institutions: a two-year technical college (2YC), a four-year liberal arts college (BAC), and a nearby community college (NCC).  This was the blog of a crazy adjunct.  I feel a lot less crazy now.  When I became chair at SA, I stopped teaching creative writing in an M.F.A. program at a university, No Longer New RU (NLNRU).  I am working one-on-one with a couple of students in a low-residency M.F.A. program, but am also planning to stop doing that soon.

I live with my husband, known here as Stubb, and our daughter, the Snork Maiden.

The title of the blog is taken from a poem by Cornelius Eady.

literatureshouldmeansomething at gmail dot com.

6 responses to this post.

  1. I read, I pretend I can write, I want to teach!

    Matty the Stranger


  2. I read, I write, and I teach indirectly — because one of the things I write is textbooks (English Lit, History, Geography) — though I like to think my magazine articles (mostly culinary history) and book (travel narrative) also teach, though in an even more indirect fashion. And I agree that literature should mean something in your life. Language is what sets us apart from the animals, and literature is among the best uses of language. It is how we connect and how we know we are human. But you knew that, I suspect. Hope your students all learn to appreciate literature — and reading and writing.


  3. Posted by Idetrorce on December 16, 2007 at 5:26 am

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you


  4. Posted by pocha on August 29, 2009 at 2:54 am

    I saw Cornelius Eady read in Seattle year ago. Very awesome. I love that i have discovered your blog!


  5. I am a fellow former crazy adjunct who has found a less hectic life at an independent school–looking forward to reading more!


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