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 memoir, We Are All Shipwrecks—about the unsolved murder of her mother and her eccentric childhood on a boat in the L.A. Harbor—will be released in September 2017. Her personal essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Salon.com, The Rumpus, New England Review, The Sun, The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction, and others.
I regularly teach British Literature: Romanticism and After and Literary Methods, as well as seminars such as Modernist Visions and Revisions, Experimental Fiction, and Women and Modernism. I also participate in the HUMA program. 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.
After serving for 16 years in various administrative positions at Trinity, including Vice President for Student Life and interim president, Michael Fischer began full time teaching in the English department in 2017-18. His research and teaching focus on English romanticism, the history of ideas about literature and philosophy, and defenses of the humanities. In several essays and a book in progress, he is currently exploring the role literature and the arts can play in constructive conflict resolution.