SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS, PANELS, INTERVIEWS (SELECTED)
“The Other Others in Urban Fantasy.” Panelist. Boskone, February 2019.
“The History of Black Horror.” Panelist. Boskone, February 2019.
“Building and Cultivating Your Creative Community.” Panelist. Westercon, July 2018.
“Relationship, Sexual, and Gender Diversity in Fandoms.” Panelist. Westercon, July 2018.
“Afrofuturism and Literature.” Panelist and chair. North American Science Fiction Convention, Detroit, MI, July 2014.
“Books & Booze Ep. 78: Elwin Cotman.” Interview by Jessica Leonard and Renee Asher Pickup. Books & Booze, Jan. 30, 2014.
“Distant Worlds that are closer than Home: Social Justice Storytelling within the Fantasy Genre.” Invited panelist. National Association of Ethnic Studies Conference, Mills College, Oakland, CA, April 2014.
“Experiments: Writing around the Mainstream.” Invited panelist. Omaha Lit Fest, Omaha, NE, October 2013.
“Trigger Warnings: Writing About Sex, Perversion, and the Politics of Pleasure.” Invited panelist. Omaha Lit Fest, Omaha, NE, October 2013.
“Women of the Leijiverse.” Panelist and chair. Fanimecon, San Jose, CA, May 2013.
“Hard Times Blues Combines Genres for Three-part Program in Savannah.” Interview by Linda Sickler. Savannah Now, December 2012.
“Futuristic Myth: The Work of Leiji Matsumoto.” Panelist and Chair. Fanimecon, San Jose, CA, May 2012.
“Gothic Fantasy Noir.” Invited panelist and chair. World Fantasy Convention, Toronto, ON, November 2012.
“Writer’s Studio: An Interview with Elwin Cotman.” Interview by Jason M. Stewart. Critic’s Studio, May 2012.
“Third Party: The Witness as Storyteller.” History, Memory, Performance Conference, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, April 2012.
“Third Party: The Witness as Storyteller.” Panelist and organizer. (Em)bodied Witness Conference. Mills College, Oakland, CA, December 2011.
“An Anarchist Fairytale.” Interview by Christine Stoddard. Quail Bell Magazine, August 2011.
“Urban Fantasy.” Invited panelist and chair. BayCon Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention, Santa Clara, CA, May 2011.
“From Elfland to Poughkeepsie: Fantasy Should Sound like Fantasy.” Invited panelist. Condor Science Fiction Convention, San Diego, CA, February 2011.
“Urban Fantasy.” Invited lecturer. WriterHouse, Charlottesville, CA, August 2010.
“The Many Faces of Fantasy, or the Road to Victory.” Invited panelist and chair. Balticon Science Fiction Convention, Baltimore, MD, May 2010.
The MTV Triumvirate
A High School Humanities Elective (Vanguard Classical School, Fall 2019). This course examines the careers of Prince, Michael Jackson, and Madonna through a sociological lens. Students do readings and research on queer, postcolonial, gender, racial, and political theory to gain an understanding of how the three artists reacted to and created the zeitgeist of the 1980s through today. They analyze music videos through class discussions and ultimately write a term paper on how the artists’ music videos relate to a theme of their work.
Key Texts: Moonwalker, Evita, Purple Rain, albums from individual artists
Introduction to Creative Writing (English 223:001)
A sophomore level creative writing workshop (University of Louisiana, Spring 2014). This course offers students instruction in the fundamentals of creative writing through a careful study of three major literary genres (short story, poem, and drama), with analysis specifically focused on language. Students also sharpen and further develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Students critique one another’s work and study key texts through creative and critical responses. Major authors: Karen Russell, Jhumpa Lahiri, Alice Munro, Denis Johnson, David Mamet, Eugene O’Neill.
Writing and Research about Culture (English 102:002, 102:053, 102:069)
Freshman research and composition (University of Louisiana, Spring 2014, Spring 2013). This course explores cultural themes, which students build on in order to advance the thinking, reading, and writing skills learned in English 101. The theme is cross-cultural communication, with particular focus on Americanization, globalization, and postcolonial theory, as learned through the study of various key texts and films, and several articles.
Key texts: Jungle Fever (dir. Spike Lee); International Views: America and the Rest of the World; They Say/I Say
Introduction to Academic Writing (English 101:004, 101:114, 101:007, 101:025)
Freshman composition (Univ. of Louisiana, Fall 2013, Fall 2012). This required course for undergraduate students offers instruction in critical thinking, reading, writing, and speaking skills through an intensive examination of the process of forming, structuring and articulating arguments, and through the study of various key texts and films, and several articles.
Key texts: University of Louisiana Freshman Guide to Writing; Writing Arguments
Rhetoric and Composition for the English Writer (English 001)
Teacher’s aid, one-on-one tutor for freshman composition (Mills College, Fall 2011).