Writing Remix

A Podcast about Language, Art, and Pedagogy

Writing Remix podcast is a recipient of the Kairos 2021 John Lovas Award for online projects in rhetoric and composition


The Writing Remix Podcast is created by and hosted by Dr. Dan Dissinger, a faculty member of the Writing Program at the University of Southern California.

“All writing is in fact cut-ups.”

William S. Burroughs

The podcast takes as its starting point the idea that the art of writing, especially in today’s digital culture, is in essence the art of the remix. As we play with language, build on the works of other writers and artists, write across different genres and media, and revisit and revise our ideas about the world and ourselves, we are remixing.

“The remix artist, i.e. the postproduction medium who has access to Source Material Everywhere, must out of necessity, intuitively jam with all forms of multimedia language in order to create fictional versions of their creative self.”

Mark Amerika, remixthebook

The podcast features conversations with talented international writers, scholars, and artists. As a writing instructor, I often link these discussions back to pedagogy and the composition classroom as I consider how to meet my students in the digital age.

Our goal should not be to choose one pedagogy over another, but rather to consider how we can recombine them—remix them—in ways that can enable us to develop a more nuanced and complex view of what it means to teach composition in the contemporary digital moment.

Jason Palmeri, Remixing Composition

Whether you’re a student or instructor, writer or artist, Writing Remix has something for you. Welcome to the REMIX!

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About Your Hosts

Daniel Dissinger is the co-creator and host of Writing Remix. He’s an Associate Professor in the Writing Program at the University of Southern California. He earned his PhD and MA from Saint John’s University as well as an MFA from The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.  Dan’s dissertation examined the early, pre-On the Road novels of Jack Kerouac and the reflective writing properties of the “Duluoz Legend.” Dan’s poetry has been published in a variety of journals, and his first chapbook, tracing the shape…, was published by Shadow Mountain Press in 2012. He is the co-creator & co-host of The Nostalgia Test Podcast as well as the co-founder of The Humanities Podcast Network.

Katie McNey (Robison) co-created and co-hosted Writing Remix from 2020 to Jan. 2022. She was a Lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Southern California. Katie earned her PhD in English at the University of Minnesota, where she worked on fourteenth-century dream poetry and its reflection of psychosomatic approaches to health in the late Middle Ages. She is also a writer of speculative fiction and co-host of the feminist literary podcast, Witches in Britches.