Describing his task as a commentator on classical Latin poetry, the late Don Fowler said that he aimed “to multiply problems, not to solve them.” This likewise describes the task I set myself in my teaching and research. In the classroom, I try to lead students to close, sustained, and careful engagement with texts in ways that open up multiple meanings and create more problems than they solve.
Kelly Grey Carlisle’s first book is the memoir We Are All Shipwrecks. Her travels for the book took her to stores and campuses across the country, as well as the Dr. Oz Show and the Nebraska State Prison. Her essays have appeared in venues like Salon.com, Ploughshares, New England Review, The Sun, and The Rumpus, and have been listed as notable essays in Best American Essays. She is currently at work on a book about Durham Cathedral, a 900-year-old cathedral in the north of England.
I regularly teach Literary Methods and British Literature: French Revolution to the Present. I teach upper-division seminars such as Realism to Postmodernism and Beyond, Experimental Fiction of the 20th Century, James Joyce's Ulysses, and Animal Studies and Modern Fiction, and many others. I also participate in the Arts & Ideas FYE. In my classes, I aim to produce critical communities in which students can comfortably practice critical inquiry while honing methodological competence, writing skills, and knowledge of literary and cultural history.
Andrew Porter is the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Trinity, where he also teaches courses in Fiction Writing. He is the author of two books, the short story collection, The Theory of Light and Matter (Vintage/Random House), which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel, In Between Days (Alfred A. Knopf), which was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection and an IndieBound “Indie Next” selection.
I was born and raised in San Antonio, and although I never expected to find myself living in my hometown as an adult, I'm so glad to be a part of Trinity, where I attended countless events and, believe it or not, I won my first debate tournament in 1992.
Claudia Stokes specializes in nineteenth-century American literature. She is the author of several books and numerous articles. Her first book, Writers in Retrospect: The Rise of American Literary History, 1875–1910 (University of North Carolina Press, 2006), traces the steps by which American literary history became a formal academic field of study and examines the origins of numerous enduring disciplinary tenets.
Jenny Browne is the author of three collections of poems, At Once, The Second Reason and Dear Stranger and two chapbooks, Welcome to Freetown and Texas, Being. A former James Michener Fellow at the University of Texas, she has received the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and two creative writing fellowships from the Texas Writers League.