Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor of Writing
Maryland Hall 057B
Every moment, I am, without wanting or trying to, telling you to write like me. But I hope you learn to write like you.
Richard Hugo, The Triggering Town
About Me: I teach WR100 and WR230, and I’m co-advisor to Corridors, our newly-revamped, student-run literary journal. I also teach Loyola 101 and serve as a Core Advisor, and I’m a member of several think tanks and boards around campus. My Master of Fine Arts degrees are in Creative Writing, and my specialty is in poetry. I publish under the name J.D. Knight.
In your process of writing, I mark up your papers. I circle, draw arrows, and write squiggles. This is part of the process. You have to see the words before you, drawn out like a map that moves your reader from place to place, idea to idea.
In my WR100 classes, you will learn to hone your voice into meaningful, descriptive prose. You will write informative, narrative, and argumentative drafts that you will revise and further review. This is not a test-based course; it is text-driven. What you learn in each essay cycle is carried forward so that you can see that writing is a process. You will participate in several peer review sessions. The constructive criticism of your peer groups is integral to the writing process because it allows you to see what is working well and what needs work. By the end of the term, you will see your voice transform from thoughts to points of discovery to claims you can attempt to prove through logic and reason.
In WR230, we’ll look at the craft level of fiction and poetry so you can develop your technique along with your distinct voice. We’ll learn about dialogue and plot and character. We’ll move through the poetic tradition and make our way to the contemporary. You must know the rules in order to break them. You’ll complete writing exercises that help you hone your skills as a writer, and you’ll show some this work to the class workshop. Writing itself may be completed in solitude, but you must have these words read by others. Moreover, in order to become a better writer, you must become a skilled reader. To this end, we will read a lot of work that showcases craft elements and we’ll put these readings into practice. By the end of the term, you’ll have a dazzling final portfolio that includes your revisions of both poetry and fiction.
My most recently published work can be found here:
September 2014. Translation of Bertolt Brecht’s “1940.” Circumference: Poetry in Translation.
June 2014. “The Sundowner’s Keys.” The Citron Review.
Spring 2014. "The Space Between the Stiles." San Pedro River Review.
January 2014. "Gravity." Stone Highway Review.
Forthcoming. "Scars of Restoration." Blue Earth Review.
For more information, please see my curriculum vitae in PDF.