Broadly speaking, I am interesting in how writing is used by people to accomplish tasks. More specifically, I spend time thinking, writing, and reading about people who bodily deliver writing, such as preachers, comedians, military personnel, and student-athletes. These people engage with a wide-variety of texts to accomplish work with and for their communities, and, I believe, by looking at these group, writing teachers and researchers can gain a stronger sense of what writing is and what it does.
Thus far, my largest focus has been on college sports, specifically student-athletes who play football and men’s basketball. Looking at scripted plays used in these two sports are evidence of writing, I have studied how student-athletes learn and them enact scripted plays.
This line of inquiry led to a piece in Composition Forum titled “Writing as Embodied, College Football Plays as Embodied: Extracurricular Multimodal Composing,” a piece on student-athlete writing tutoring: “Fleshing out the Uniqueness of Student-Athlete Writing Tutoring: A Response to Alanna Bitzel” published by Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, and a brief exploration of the term ‘student-athlete’ in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society.
My book-length manuscript, The Literate Practices of Big-Time College Sports, is under contract with Utah State University Press. I delivered the complete manuscript in February 2016.
Beyond college sports, I extend my thinking about the body’s role in composing to other areas of inquiry. I co-authored a piece with the performance artist, Lindsey Allgood, where we connected at the University of Oklahoma Writing Center. Our piece, “The Woven Body,” appeared in a special issue of Across the Disciplines: A Journal of Language, Learning, and Academic Writing.
With Duane Roen and Trish Portanova as co-editors, I have a book under contract with WAC Clearinghouse/Parlor Press tentatively titled Contemporary Perspectives on Cognition and Writing.