Monday, April 28, 2008

I have a poem published in their first issue. Check it out if you feel the need. It is a tribute to a good friend who is sick.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Jonathan Williams' passing

My favorite poet of late...a Black Mountain poet living in Highlands, very close to where I live currently, just passed at the end of March. I had been planning on writing to him. He came to the bookstore in town to do readings, but I never got to see him. Look him up. He's worth a read. Funny, outrageous old man.
He was 79.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Being an Adjunct

I ask myself all the time is it worth if for me to teach 4,5,6 classes at a school and still barely make 1000 bucks a month at the most? This is the plight of an adjunct professor. More and more schools are using adjuncts ("part-time" instructors) all the time. This means they don't have to give us ANY benefits, and only pay us for "contact hours" which means the time we are IN the classroom. Anyone who teaches knows that is only a minute part of doing our jobs. I do feel I am a good teacher, and for the most part, really enjoy it, but as someone who has to constantly worry about bills, I most definitely do not feel it is worth the hassle, even though I am in my field, which I love. I am SO not alone in this. If you are interested in this issue, as it affects our schools GREATLY, read this article, go to the AFT website, and take ACTION!