Teaching

My courses engage a variety of materials and concerns: poetry and independent publications, public spaces and urban planning, public-sector storytelling and community counterstorytelling. Because my courses are interdisciplinary and because I hope to encourage my students to be curious about the world, the work I bring to the classroom is a hybrid of my own professional interests and those works and issues we simply find interesting.

Community Engagement

Students in my freshman seminar can expect to engage in non-traditional projects, frequently outside the classroom. My 2011-2012 students had the option of participating in the Inside Out Project, a large-scale public art project that challenged us to represent our city in public spaces on and off campus. You can read more about it at our project website. Since 2013 I have been teaching as part of an ongoing partnership between VCU and Richmond’s City jail. These courses, enrolled through the Department of English and the ASPiRE program offer courses to both VCU students and city jail residents. My 2013 Poetry Seminar met weekly at the jail and built collaborative anthologies of writing and art by students from RCJ and VCU. I continued as a volunteer with the Richmond City Jail school until the jail’s migration to is new facility in 2014, and have relaunched courses in 2016 with an Afrofuturism discussion group. For the 2015-2017 school years I’m leading collaborative programming to highlight the social costs of mass incarceration through VCU’s ASPiRE and Common Book programs.

My full teaching life is collected online at my VCU faculty page.