I’m interested in contemporary literature, the medical humanities, creative nonfiction, and teaching writing. While these might seem like disparate interests, for me they intersect in questions about how writers and readers use language and narrative to understand the world and to make their lives meaningful. My recent work in the medical humanities concerns tensions between how literary critics and memoirists view narratives about illness. Currently, I’m collaborating on a project about how to teach curiosity in college classrooms. I’ve delivered talks on empathy and criticism, writing pedagogy, and life narratives about genetics, risk, and autism. I’ve also run numerous workshops in the tri-state area about teaching first-year writing at colleges.
I am available to give public talks and workshops. Please drop me a line if you are interested.