Education: Holds a doctorate in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston
Describe Your Classes: Classes are highly interactive and flexible. That is, people should be ready for a lot of discussion, experimentation, risk-taking, and otherwise open-ended interrogation (of texts, or their own and their classmates’ writing, of their responses to things).
Goals at Westminster: I’m most interested in fostering community—that is, encouraging students to keep arguing, exploring, and generally plumbing the texts from classes when they’re out there on their own. If I have a goal, it would be to help inspire a community in which there is more intellectual discussion, more collaboration among artists, more risk taking and incisive questioning, and more student-driven energy in this field than when I came.
How You Found Your Purpose: I found my purpose by listening to my obsessions, and by having enough audacity to pack up my life and follow them more than once. I’ve made a couple of sea-change moves over the years, professionally and personally. They were each the “right move” because I was deeply invested in listening to the rhythm of my own heartbeat (and in understanding why it beat this way).
Favorite Quote: “I didn’t strive for success; I strived to do something artistically important.”
Favorite Book: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, On the Road, and It Is If I Speak