I spent some two-and-a-half decades working at newspapers — as a police reporter and photographer, as a features writer and photographer, as an assignments editor (coordinating a staff of writers, photographers, and editors), and as a copy editor (working closely with writers and editors, and designing pages for publication).
Since 2008, I have been teaching writing and literature in college classrooms – at a community college where I often work with students whose skills are not quite yet at college level, and at a private four-year university where I work in the First Year Writing Program.
At the university, I teach a class called “War Stories” – a literature class that promotes the universal skills of reading, analysis, research, and presentation – but which I designed to draw entirely from the literature of war and military conflict. (For examples of what we have read, select the “War Stories” tab above.)
One of my primary goals for this blog is to represent the experience of the many elements that make up the experience of war.
Another primary goal is to represent the many experiences that people face in their daily lives, experiences that amount to personal battles and wars. At times, these battles can include struggling with oppression and suppression of voice, struggling with social inequity, or struggling with chronic mental illness and persistent mental disorders.
I hope this blog will grow to integrate all of this work into a unified statement – as I tell stories about the battles we fight and the wars we wage.