Seeing History

Origins by the Chesapeake Bay That’s a picture of my father above. I guess it was probably taken around 1940, the year he graduated from high school in Calvert County Maryland. He grew up in North Beach, a sleepy Chesapeake Bay-side town that became a mecca of entertainment and gambling for comfortable DC folks in […]

Digital Deep Democracy

Three concepts have helped me think about a pedagogy for democratically engaged digital literacy. The first entails a disposition toward authorized, rule-bound discourse and comes from the field of computer science. As Peter Krapp writes in Noise Channels: Glitch and Error In Digital Culture, glitch is a deformance of a computing system (Krapp 75) that […]

Embodied Style, Material Language

Creating space for freshman writers to make language their own–really, deeply their own, true to their overlapping discourses and cultural knowledges– is a challenge in academic spaces. Students don’t always trust the act of transgressing standard English language. And why should they? They still need to perform it in many places as they make their […]

Pluriversal Style

Contemplating Emily Dickinson’s envelope poems I think about the radical ways a nineteenth century woman broke language to bits in a time when it was seen as so complete, so eternal and true. Though most recently I have become aware of the evidence that there were many other narratives about language going on in earlier […]