4. Healing through Language w/ Aimee Herman

Episode 4 continues our special series on teaching and writing during COVID-19. In this episode we talk to novelist, poet, and professor Aimee Herman about coping with anxiety during this particularly stressful time, caring for our students and ourselves, and finding solace in language. You can learn more about Aimee here.

Please be aware that, because we recorded via Zoom, there are some slight audio issues, especially at the beginning of the episode.

Texts mentioned in the episode

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“[Online teaching] feels like this weird movie; you know, we’ve got our headphones on like we’re playing a video game together, and that game’s called Learning.”

Aimee Herman

“This is a hard time for teachers…Little do [students] know that them being there is what’s keeping me going…I think for us as teachers we need to be as patient as we can be right now, mindful that not everybody’s circumstance is the same.”

Aimee Herman

“Language always has an important role in day-to-day life, whether we’re going through a pandemic like this or we’re not. Words are one way in which we can create bridges toward each other and create these alphabetical band-aids to make us feel as though, okay I can get through this hour, I can get through this day…Language is going to save us, in every way.”

Aimee Herman
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3. Writing During a Pandemic w/ Danielle Lee

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming (aka the episodes we recorded before COVID-19) to bring you a special series about writing and teaching during a global pandemic.

Our first guest for this series is Dr. Danielle Lee, Visiting Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Old Westbury. In this episode, we talk to Danielle about teaching online, processing trauma through art, and documenting the narratives that emerge during a crisis. You can follow Danielle on Twitter @dlitephul.

Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @writingremixpod.

“Moments like this are when we get some of our best writing, at its most authentic and raw.”

Danielle Lee

“As an archivist, I see these narratives, these social media posts, these blog entries, things on YouTube–these are our modern archival documents.”

Danielle Lee

“We have to remember that as writers, as appreciators of literature, we study literature for its representation of the human condition. And we have to remember our humanity most of all, above everything else…We can be physically isolated, but we don’t have be creatively isolated. Share. Reach out. Create.”

Danielle Lee

2. Engaging Community w/ Ben Pack & Emily Artiano

In our second episode, we talk to Professors Emily Artiano and Ben Pack about working with community partners, deconstructing hierarchies in the classroom, and experiencing things alongside their students. You can learn more about Emily here and Ben here.

Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @writingremixpod.

People and Texts Mentioned in this Episode

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“[Rewriting the prompt to be more inclusive] seems to have had a really great effect on the way that students feel like they can write about their differences at USC. One thing I know I’m going to be much better about in the future is not gearing the class toward an assumption about what students would consider different.

Emily Artiano

“We move through the world in so many different ways and so many different spaces, and so if the class can begin to open up and dissect the information that’s being privileged so we get more diverse voices then I think that actually does a lot for [students’] critical thinking skills…It shows them how they can pull ideas from anywhere.”

Ben Pack

“I think that there is value to students seeing you experience something with them.”

Emily Artiano

“My favorite moments as a teacher now absolutely happen outside the classroom.”

Ben Pack

1. Stepping into the Self w/ Stephanie Renée Payne

In our first episode, we talk to Professor Stephanie Renée Payne about transgressing boundaries, modeling vulnerability, and helping students find their voice.

You can read more about Stephanie here.

Texts mentioned in the episode

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Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts (coming soon!), Spotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @writingremixpod.

“It’s not really about the mechanics of writing; that’s the easy part. It’s about opening up a space for students to feel safe to say how they feel.”

Stephanie Renée Payne

“There’s reciprocity in this process. You are learning your students. They’re teaching you who they are, and it’s shaping your pedagogy.”

Stephanie Renée Payne

“There are aspects of our vocation that are sacred. Our work is not merely to share information but to share the intellectual and spiritual growth of our students.”

bell hooks