Thanks for visiting my ePortfolio. Here you’ll find samples of my poetry, publishing, research, and teaching, as well as some of my reflections on the intersections between these different but related interests.
Finding moments where my various poetry, research, and teaching interests align is always gratifying. A recent example is a poetry event at Lane Community College. Internationally-renowned Brazilian poet, Salgado Maranão, and Alexis Levitin, the translator of two of Salgado’s books into English, spent the afternoon and evening on Lane’s campus. The Honors Program co-sponsored the event, giving copies of their books, Blood of the Sun and Tiger Fur, to the honors students, organizing an afternoon session with the students, and sponsoring a dinner.
On the way to the evening event, Alexis and I discovered our shared interest in Cid Corman’s work, and I learned of Salgado and my shared interest in Japanese poetry. Alexis mentioned that Salgado had written a poem about a snake whose movements were so smooth and so reassuring that it lured a frog into its embrace, and he said Salgado performs the poem using Tai Chi movements. Salgado added it spontaneously to the evening’s program.
My attention to the reflective aspect of ePortfolios developed out of my work as the Faculty Coordinator for the Lane Honors Program at Lane Community College. I administer a program that requires students to build and maintain ePortfolios. In the honors seminar, Invitation to Inquiry, I teach students how to create ePortfolios and to use them to increase their critical thinking skills. I also participate in Lane’s ePortfolio Theory Reading Group. Maintaining my ePortfolio assists me in reflecting on my own work and in better understanding how these portfolios benefit students.