This coming fall semester looks like it will be as close to “normal” as it’s been in some time. I’m teaching some familiar creative writing classes that I usually teach in the fall (syllabi below), and filling in for the first half of the semester in our ENGL 101 Writing Tutorial class (syllabus not included). I will again also be teaching our methods course for senior theses in creative writing (ENGL 489).
This spring semester at Hartwick College, I’m teaching two classes, ENGL 213 Introduction to Creative Writing, as usual, and a brand new course, ENGL 352 Critical Game Studies. I’m especially excited about the latter, as this was a course I developed at the University of Pittsburgh in AY 2015-16 with the aid of a course development grant but that I have not had a chance to teach until now.
Today, I was officially promoted to associate professor of English with tenure at Hartwick College.
This is the result of many years of hard work, but to a large degree, I owe this success to decades of support from friends, family, teachers, mentors, and colleagues. The people I would like to thank are too numerous to name individually, and I fear I would leave someone out if I attempted doing so, as so many have done so many things to help me achieve this lifelong goal. But I would like to thank, first of all, my wonderful students and current and former colleagues in and out of the Department of English at Hartwick College, all those who took the time out of their day to visit my classes, all those who wrote letters of support, including my external reviewers and students, and all those who talked with me about the process, providing crucial advice. I would also like to thank my colleagues up the road at SUNY Oneonta, my amazing students, teachers, mentors, fellow graduate students, and other colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh, and my students and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University. Thanks to all the anonymous reviewers over the years, the sometimes unseen/unheard but not unacknowledged people who have suggested my name for peer review or to contribute to a journal, and the many editors and publishers who have supported my work, with particular gratitude going to the editors and publishers of boundary 2, Blue Sketch Press, and Salò Press. And I have the deepest abiding gratitude and appreciation for my family and their endless patience listening to me talk about the job market and the tenure process. Most importantly, my partner and spouse: Racheal, I simply could not have done this without everything you bring to our family’s life and your oh-so-keen eye for errata. Your support has meant everything. And if I have somehow overlooked you amongst those mentioned above: thank you thank you thank you.
 For some of these individual thanks, see the acknowledgment pages of my dissertation, “The Apocalypse Archive: American Literature and the Nuclear Bomb” (2013), of my two books of poetry, The Rocking Chair (2015) and The Shape of Things (2017), in various articles (here, here, here, and elsewhere too) and interviews (also here), and in works in process and to come.
The start to this academic year is again unconventional, but feeling much closer to normal, especially owing to Hartwick College’s reopening plans. I’m again teaching two frequently taught creative writing courses and revisiting Poetry and Technology. The syllabi:
During another unconventional spring, I’m revisiting an introductory course I taught frequently at the University of Pittsburgh (ENGLIT 0500 Introduction to Critical Reading) and reprising two creative writing courses. The syllabi:
Black Lives Matter
Adam Serwer, “The New Reconstruction.”
Jasmyn Wimbish and Jack Maloney, “NBA Protest, Live Updates: Schedule Announced for Resumption of Playoffs on Saturday, Sunday.”
Melissa Gira Grant, “Far-Right Militias Are Learning Impunity From the Cops.”
Hallie Golden, Mike Baker, and Adam Goldman, “Suspect in Fatal Portland Shooting Is Killed by Officers During Arrest.”
Black Lives Matter, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks . . . .
Cornel West, “A Boot Is Crushing American Democracy.”
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, “Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People.”
Roxane Gay, “Remember, No One Is Coming to Save Us.”
Jeet Heer, “The Fire This Time.”
Melvin Rogers, “We Should Be Afraid, But Not of Protesters.”
Matthew Dessem, “Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide.”
Jamelle Bouie, “The Police Are Rioting. We Need to Talk About It.”
Joshua Clover, “66 Days.”
Barbara Ehrenreich, “A Journalist Marked by Police Violence.”
Greg Afinogenov, “Everything Could Be Free.”
Mara Gay, photographs by Jordan Gale, “The Nation’s Largest Police Force Is Treating Us as an Enemy.”
Coronavirus Think Pieces
Kim Stanley Robinson, “The Coronavirus Is Rewriting Our Imaginations.”
Jodi Dean, “Neofeudalism: The End of Capitalism?”
Ibram X. Kendi, “We’re Still Living and Dying in the Slaveholders’ Republic.”
Richard Grusin, “Radical Mediation, COVID Masks, Revolutionary Collectivity.”
Charles Stross, “It’ll All Be Over by Christmas.”
Laurie Penny, “Productivity Is Not Working.”
Corey Robin, “Comrades.”
Masha Gessen on the present.
I originally intended in late May 2020, when the spring semester was finally over and I had some time to finish “Spring 2020 Links (Pre-COVID-19),” to post one big link dump for coronavirus-related things. But the hyperarchival barrage of news over the past three months, including everything that has happened in the United States the past three weeks (combined with how little time I still have . . .), has made it clear that it would be better to divide posts into smaller, more manageable bits. So here is everything I came across from March 11-April 15, 2020. More to come soon.
Sheri Fink and Mike Baker, “‘It’s Just Everywhere Already’: How Delays in Testing Set Back the US Coronavirus Response.”
IHME, “COVID-19 Projections.”
Katie Zezima, Joel Achenbach, Tim Craig, and Lena H. Sun, “Coronavirus Is Shutting Down American Life as States Try to Battle Outbreak.”
Coronavirus Think Pieces (General)
Laurie Penny, “This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For.”
Naomi Klein, “Coronavirus Capitalism–and How to Beat It.”
Frank Pasquale, “Two Timelines of COVID Crisis.”
Ian Bogost, “Now Is the Time to Overreact.”
Arundhati Roy, “The Pandemic Is a Portal.”
Anne Applebaum, “The Coronavirus Called America’s Bluff.”
Dan Kois, “America Is a Sham.”