Since 2001, when I first worked with students at Breakthrough: New Orleans, I've taught in Hong Kong, New Haven, Mississippi, New York, and Iowa, and at the university level for nine years. Coursework at Brooklyn College, the Bard Institute for Writing & Thinking, the People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond, and the New York Collective of Radical Educators shapes my pedagogy, as do my former students at Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn College Academy High School, the New York City College of Technology, the University of Iowa, and Cornell College. I won the University of Iowa's Outstanding Teaching Award, and was subsequently the Provost's Visiting Writer at the University of Iowa and the R. P. Dana Fellow at Cornell College.
Courses I've taught include Composition, Rhetoric, Introduction to Creative Writing, Personal Writing, Food Writing, The Art & Craft of Creative Nonfiction, Writing Fiction I & II, The Racial Imaginary, and Literature of Ethnicity & Migration, plus extracurricular workshops in radical revision, warping time (a prosaic possibility!), writing the open letter, writing about food, zine-making, and unpacking Peggy McIntosh's "invisible knapsack" of privileges.
My nonfiction students at the University of Iowa published "16 Ways of Looking at a Caucus" in February 2016. My Racial Imaginary students wrote and distributed zines about race to the Cornell College community in 2017, also available online.
In 2018, I served as the writing coach for a group of historians composing an anthology of essays about the making of modern food. Read what they had to say about working with me, and see some of the prompts they used, as prepared for the “Writing History as Creative Nonfiction” presentation at the American Society for Environmental History’s annual conference. I’ve since coached early career historians at the New-York Historical Society, and I continue to do one-on-one coaching with writers and scholars whose work excites me—be in touch for more details.
Readings about education that have influenced me (and which I often discuss with students) include John Taylor Gatto's "Against School," Peter Elbow's "The Process of Writing: Growing" and "The Music of Form," Alfie Kohn's "The Dangerous Myth of Grade Inflation," Lee A. Tonouchi's "Da State of Pidgin Address," Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process, and Rainer Ganahl's "Strange Teaching: The Artist as Excellent and Miserable Teacher."
I've written about teaching in Poets & Writers, Literary Hub, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Millions, and for NYCoRE's Write On! Writing for Social Justice, and I have lectured about teaching at the Levinsky College of Education.
Students and colleagues appreciate my Radical Revision worksheet—feel free to download & use it, with credit, please.