Episode 21: Repurposing Genre with Michelle Brittan Rosado & Corinna McClanahan Schroeder

In Episode 21, we talk to award-winning poets Michelle Brittan Rosado and Corinna McClanahan Schroeder about bringing a sense of play to the composition classroom and repurposing genre in our writing.

Read more about Michelle here and Corinna here.

This episode was recorded on June 8. Please be aware that, because we recorded via Zoom, there are occasional audio hiccups. Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @writingremixpod.

People and Texts Mentioned in the Episode
  • Why Can’t it Be Tenderness by Michelle Brittan Rosado
  • “The Sweetest Exile is the One You Choose” by Michelle Brittan Rosado
  • Inked by Corinna McClanahan Schroeder
  • “Notice of Risks” by Corinna McClanahan Schroeder
  • Jesse Stommel
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  • George Eliot
  • George Gissing
  • Chris Santiago
  • The California Poem by Eleni Sikelianos
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • The Shock of Arrival by Meena Alexander
  • La Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri
  • DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  • The Meaningful Writing Project by Anne Geller
  • Theory and Play of the Duende by Frederico García Lorca
  • “Literary Practices” by David Barton and Mary Hamilton
  • Carmen Kynard
  • The poem Katie mentioned (about grief) is by Richard Siken

“How do I bring…play to the academic essay?” -Corinna Schroeder

“Traditional academic work is often translated into other genres too, so that’s been a way that I’ve been trying to open up my first-year students to the idea of challenging genre…I’ve been trying to assign works by academics who are in a different genre–like they’re appearing on a podcast or they write an op-ed or they’re a guest on a talk show. This is something that even the more traditional academic does. They have to present their work to different audiences.” @mbrittanrosado

“It feels like a really artificial wall, or walls, that we’ve placed around the academic essay that it’s like the end-all be-all when really all of our communication is constantly being repurposed, inside and outside of the academy.” @mbrittanrosado

“I feel a real tension between wanting to bring, and bringing, a sense of imagination and play into the composition classroom and thinking about writing as a series of choices–there are no rules here; whether it’s a poem or an essay, you’re making a choice, and that choice has an effect on your reader–and then also wanting to make sure they know what that box is, in case they’re in a situation in which they really need to use that box of the essay.” -Corinna Schroeder

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