Like so many of you, I’m grateful that we can once again learn, teach, and collaborate safely in-person and remain hopeful that, with caution, we will remain able to do so throughout the winter. I’m also grateful to celebrate a few writing achievements in 2023, including my most recent craft essay, “A Structural History of American Public Health Narratives: Rereading Priscilla Wald’s Contagious and Nancy Tomes’ Gospel of Germs amidst a 21st-Century Pandemic” that was featured in the Spring 2023 issue of Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.
In the creative nonfiction realm, I finished my memoir, Henry’s Classroom, which I’m now pitching to agents and editors. Related to that project, I have a first-person contribution forthcoming in Chalkbeat that explores the current state of special education in the United States.
My 2024 writing resolutions include finalizing and eventually pitching two personal essays that have been on hold for far too long, beginning the research and writing on a new book idea, and identifying a literary nonprofit where I can volunteer and help promote the sort of balanced, meaningful, thought-provoking work that I love to read but that seems to be ever dwindling in the sea of information overload.
Best wishes to all for a happy and productive New Year!
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