Touching This Leviathan
Touching This Leviathan asks how someone might come to know whales, these the largest animals to have ever lived on our planet yet animals we rarely, if ever, see.
It’s a pressing question, given how frequently whales are in the news: Japan just withdrew from the International Whaling Commission’s ban on whaling; the Makah Tribe seeks to resume hunts; this spring there’s been a rash of dead gray whales along the west coast (70 of them so far); last summer, an orca attracted international attention when she pushed her dead calf through the water 17 days before finally letting go.
But when I read current whale books on the market, I notice they sit in disciplinary silos: the history books, the science books, the literary books. There’s no conversation between them, which is where Touching This Leviathan intervenes. My book is necessarily interdisciplinary, drawing upon biology, theology, local history, literary studies, environmental studies, and composition theory. I gesture to science while writing literary non-fiction that, at many points, practices literary criticism.
The manuscript is complete, and I am now seeking an agent.
Inventing the Discipline: Student Writing in Composition Studies
This collection of essays, co-edited with Stacey Waite, argues student writing is central to both writing courses and to composition as a field. The chapters look with care at student work, and in doing so, offer new ways that we—both teachers and students—might read, teach with, consider, value, and contextualize the writing students produce in college courses.
A book proposal is currently under consideration at a university press.