Why @derekwebb Should Come Back To Twitter

It started with this:

And then this:

And that was it. Derek Webb was done with Twitter. (more…)


Traditional Academic Feuds in Literacy Studies Part 6: Power and Weak Grammar

Note: This is the sixth part of a multi-part series which (eventually) will become a term paper for a class seminar on literacy.

After my last post, I started discussing the issue of Integration with some colleagues in linguistics via Twitter (in case you haven’t heard, we’re trying to start #lingchat). There are three Tweets I would like to respond to because they raise problems and objections to my analysis that are productive. Thankfully, Purdue’s OWL has already provided a resource on how to cite Tweets. Unfortunately, they’ve only done it for MLA, so I’m extrapolating an APA citation below.

Aside: I want to personally thank my Twitter colleagues @grvsmth, @NemaVeze, and @wgi_pr31ea for raising questions on this matter. Our discussions have been both productive and instructive for me. And while I argue against some of their claims here, I have great respect for their views and scholarship.



I am planning on revamping my main page into an academic blog of sorts, sharing ideas about research I’m interested in, its implications, and things I’ve found on Twitter and other venues that need more than 140 characters to explicate. My goals for this enterprise are to engage more in the academic blogosphere and Twittersphere, hone my research program, and, as I discovered via my first encounter on Twitter, learn more about my strengths and weaknesses as a research and emergent scholar in the field of English Education and Educational Linguistics. Hopefully this will not be as short-lived as the poetry project of last year. Looking forward to make connections.

30 Day Poetry Challenge #1

In honor of National Poetry Month, I will posting a poem a day. Check out the 30 Day Poetry Challenge at 30dpc. Below is the first prompt and my poem.

Day 1: Write a poem where each line starts with a letter from your first name (an Acrostic). It can be about anything, but it should not be about you or your name.

Is what I
Call the short, quiet days that
Have no deadlines. I would call them
A breather–
Except Monday is always
Laying on my chest.