Kerouacking the Classroom and Talmudic-Style Annotation of Poetry

I teach a final year seminar called America With[out] Borders, and among the required readings are long poems by Lorna Dee Cervantes and Claudia Rankine. I have taught Cervantes’s “Bananas” and “Coffee” in other modules previously, but have rarely been satisfied with the lectures. These are challenging poems that require deep, well-researched readings. Students rarely enter … Read more

Chicanas Speak Out in the Context of the Women’s March

On this dark day I am preparing for lectures next week, focusing on my students rather than paying any attention to Trumplestiltskin (the name I have chosen to refer to him). I am not American, but I teach literatures of the Americas, especially those works written by citizens that Trumplestiltskin wishes to forcibly remove from … Read more

Staffless Libraries in Ireland: A Brief Appreciation of Librarians

Former minister Mary O’Rourke penned an open letter to Simon Coveney regarding plans to roll out staffless libraries across Ireland. It’s worth a read, and I certainly think it’s worth putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and writing Minister Coveney a few more letters to complain about what most certainly is a daft idea. … Read more

Much To-Do about Organsing My Time: Managing the Mess of Schedules and Lists

As the tasks and deadlines of the new year loom I find my eyes drawn to any tweet, post, update and article that refers to being organised. I am not someone who deliberately makes New Year Resolutions due to the fact that I know I will not stick to them. I am, like many people, … Read more

Teaching Philosophy

*I decided that posting my Teaching Philosophy here is long overdue, so below is the most up-to-date version as of 15th December 2016* From day one my students are asked to define themselves as public scholars whose contributions are not just part of “making the grade,” but also a means of breaking down the fourth … Read more

#AcWriMo Update: Explorations in Peer Review, Data Collection, and Losing Myself in the Chthulucene

Unfortunately, I have not been able to maintain the kind of momentum I was so optimistic about at the beginning of the month in terms of blogging on a weekly basis. Part of this is due to the demise of my beloved old laptop. It went out with a whimper instead of a bang and … Read more

#AcWriMo 2016 Goals

It’s about that time of year again when us #AcWriMo devotees declare our intentions for the month ahead (and when newbies are about to discover the simple joy of writing as part of a global community of researchers sharing goals, tips, resources and ideas). I’m juggling a number of projects at the moment, so my … Read more