Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: 5062 MacAlister Hall
Phone: (215) 895-6833
- B.A., Creative Writing, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999
- M.F.A., English, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
I joined Drexel's faculty in 2009, and since then I have taught classes on the craft of composition and the craft of poetry. I serve on the editorial board of the wonderful literary magazine, Painted Bride Quarterly; I am faculty reader and workshop facilitator for the Drexel Writing Center; I also assist with pedagogy and faculty development through leading a teaching circle and serving on the Writing Assessment Advisory Committee. Intellectually, I find myself interested in how people imagine the act of writing and the concept of privacy.
Favorite Authors and/or Books: What can I say? I adore Jon Ronson's work.
Favorite Musical Artists: While there are too many to list, I am a devoted listener to several channels on the San Franscisco-based somafm.com
Personal Interests and Hobbies: I'm kind of a public television/public radio fanatic. I think Frontline and PBS Newshour programs can be fascinating, and I don't let more than two or three weeks go by without tuning into "On the Media," "Wiretap," or "Sound Opinion."
A Favorite Quote:The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning. — Mark Twain, Letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888
Favorite TV Show: I've been watching Saturday Night Live since I was a kid. Do I love other shows? Sure, but SNL and I have a history.
One thing that makes me smile is: when my brain is flooded with dopamine.
One hidden talent is: my ability to let as few people as possible know that I can do some very basic juggling.
One reason I like my job is: really two things: the creativity and generosity of the faculty, staff, and students here at Drexel (you know who you are).
- Silent New York. Directed by Matthew Freeman. Blue Coyote Productions, New York, New York, July 30, 2011
- Resonance: Speaking for the Arts. Studio B Gallery, August 26-September 11, 2011
- “Dead Again.” Pittsburgh City Paper. November 10, 2005.
- “Where Listening Takes Us: A Conversation with Tracy K. Smith.” Nidus # 7, fall 2004