Specialties: 20th-Century American literature (autobiography; women writers; disability studies), rhetoric and composition (research; style; essays), the novel (20th- and 21st-Century American), creative writing (creative nonfiction; essays, travel writing, food writing).
Passionate writer, teacher reader, world traveler, family member, friend, cook—all of which appear in my creative nonfiction (The Seven Deadly Virtues and Other Lively Essays; Hot Genres—Alluring Nonfiction), research (“The Essay Canon,” “Bodies of Knowledge” and numerous composition studies), biography (Doctor Spock) and autobiography (Forbidden Diary; Forbidden Family).
Current Research: Work-in-progress: Hot Genres, Alluring Nonfiction (forthcoming U of Iowa P) analyzing creative nonfiction: essays, memoirs, and writing on food, travel, medicine; personal essays. Recent books: The Seven Deadly Virtues and Other Lively Essays (2008); Writers Without Borders: Teaching Writing in Troubled Times (2008); The Essay Connection, 10th ed. (2013). Essays forthcoming on teaching disability studies (Pedagogy, 2014), academic life.
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