A Copious Summer Term (Part 2): Navigating the Premises of Cyberspace


Welcome to part 2 in my summer course reflection series. In this series, I explore takeaways that continue to influence not only my scholarship but everyday life. My last post observes my first doctoral level literary theory class and necessary revisions in terms of what readers expect when searching for “literature”, notably ones aside from […]

A Copious Summer Term (Part 1): Embracing Literary Disarray in my First PhD Course: ENGL 955 Literary Theory


I never expected to be an academic scholar, much less a literary one, and now I am one semester (9 credits!) done with my PhD in Literature and Criticism. What makes this program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) exciting, besides the generous hybrid model which allows me to pursue the degree while located now […]

Bookworm Podcast Episode 1


Welcome to episode 1 of the Bookworm Podcast. For our first episode, we are going to try and understand the significance of medical humanities and the connections between humanities and scientifically driven fields. To accomplish this, we are joined by a future medical school student: my wife Kestra Black. Kestra Black earned her B.S. in […]

AI in Writing Statement


AI and the rise of robotic, nonhuman writing evoke numerous concerns. Three stick out when exchanging the human writer for a machine: a passion for the subject, longevity, and serious citations/references to outside research. Unpredictability and natural sentiments represent inaccessible options, or perhaps “settings”, for a machine (AI). No matter what ChatGPT or the AI […]

Digital Pedagogy Statement


Digital pedagogy is a concept where accessibility and equity must balance out innovation to effectively guide all learners. We now live in a time where the hottest new technology, whether a writing tool, phone app, AI machine, etc. can change in an instant. One challenge with digital tools whose lifespans are unpredictable, or worse, offer […]

Expanding Literary Horizons Beyond the Paperback


When we hear the term literature or even reading, everyone has their own definition concerning what constitutes “reading” literature. I began thinking about how the definition of literature, especially according to the dictionary, deserves a counterargument. Consider the reliance on physical text in the definition. If we follow through on those restrictions, then I question […]

3 Questions to Ask Yourself to Increase Reading Habits


1. What kind of literature entices you? Often times we think of reading as meeting the expectations of an assignment. Besides the academic setting, this occurs in workplaces too when thinking of lengthy emails that “could have been a meeting” or slide decks with so many words or fanciful designs that zoning out is understandable. […]