Mary Frandson portrait

Mary Frandson

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 316
Hours
(Spring 2018) Thursday 11:00am-1:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5622

What excites me about teaching is being a privileged witness to students employing the intimacy of language to describe the world and their participation with it, and by doing so, coming closer to saying who they are. In both my teaching and research, I’m interested in the multifarious ways individuals conduct meaning from experience through the use of language not just in text, but through song, art, blog posts, and digital technologies. I’m especially interested in the endless possibilities of hybrid lyricism, experimental poetry, and quantum poetics. The questions I engage with in the essays and poetry I write involve the complex relationships between literature and science, and how scientific data can provide provocations that render aesthetic realizations. What compels me into other areas of interest (post-modernist poetry, action paintings, abstract expressionism and surrealism, the narratives of photographic essays, and spiritual writings of the saints and mystics) is how both artists and writers have met the challenges of discovering new metaphoric potentials. And since on my bookshelf next to the “Handbook of Poetic Forms” stands “The Complete Handbook of Pro Football”, I’m enticed to momentary breaks to delight in sports literature, and have been rumored a time or two to take my classes out onto the football field to re-enact the pass-play language of Hail Marys, “Bumerooskies,” the “Hook and Ladder,” and “Statue of Liberty.”   

Selected Publications
Newspaper articles, sports writing, editorials, narrative journalism, interviews, copywriting editorials, and poetry have appeared in The Paynesville Press, The Record, Studio One, The Sportsman’s Guide, MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry, and The Bellevue Review

Current Book-Length Projects
Absolving Toxcities – a manuscript of poetry that cogitates the relationship between the disease of cancer and one’s humanity; and Saints Among Us - a collection of poetry lit with the miraculous and humanistic qualities of saints that could be adopted into one’s everyday life.

Courses Taught
Re-envisioning American Lit, Saints and Miracles, Critical Thinking: Literature and Writing, Analytical Writing, Composition I & II, Writing Foundations, The Romantic Rebellion, and The Old, Weird America: Music as Democratic Speech.

Editorial Experience
Editor-in-Chief of Studio One. Editor and Trafficking Coordinator for The Sportsman’s Guide.

Awards
The Power of You Teaching Award from Saint Paul College, Finalist for the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry from Bellingham Review, Above and Beyond Award for Excellence in Editing from The Sportsman’s Guide, and 4-time Gold Medal Award Winner from Columbia University Press for Studio One.

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 201 - W04 Passports: Poetry Around World - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 311

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

OEC 311

Course Registration Number:

22385 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mary E. Frandson

Get ready to stamp your passport! This course explores historical, political, social and revolutionary events and cultures from around the world channeled through poetic voices throughout the century. As Williams Carlos Williams once said, “The act of writing is to reveal,” and poetic examination at its best reveals the complex lives and the rich cultures of people from around the world, including Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, Palestine, Lebanon, and Europe. Close readings of poetic text provides an opportunity for today's scholar to deepen his or her understanding of the human condition, as each poem offers a new perspective world view. Experimentation with poetic forms is also encouraged to lead students to discover their own creative voice on the page. Students will closely read a handful of poetic text including: LANGUAGE FOR A NEW CENTURY: CONTEMPORARY POETRY FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, ASIA AND BEYOND and THE NEW EUROPEAN POETS. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W30 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40940 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mary E. Frandson

Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 203 - W19 More Than A Game: Sports - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42708 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mary E. Frandson

Deeply intertwined with our American culture, sports give us some of our best stories – those narratives written as a ballplayer circles the plates, as the volleyball’s spiked, as snowboarder reveals a new halfpipe, it’s in the ring, it’s on the football field, and the grueling practices that few see. Through the eyes of athletes, coaches, and fans, this course is a study of how sports reveal human character, and teach us about life. We’ll read stories that ultimately ask difficult questions about who we are, as individuals and a nation socially and racially divided, what it means to be a pioneer in sports and break down barriers, stories of the changing evolution of the game of football, the transformative power of innovation in sports, and how far people will go to reclaim dreams that have slipped away. This course will survey short stories, essays, poetry, journalism, films, and writings by athletes published on the PLAYER’S TRIBUNE. Selected text will include: THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING, THE PERFECT PASS: AMERICAN GENIUS AND THE REINVENTION OF FOOTBALL, FOOTBALL: GREAT WRITING ABOUT THE NATIONAL SPORT, PLAY BIG: LESSONS IN BEING LIMITLESS, the PLAYER’S TRIBUNE, NFL Films, and ESPN’s 30 FOR 30 film series. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 203 - W20 More Than A Game: Sports - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42709 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mary E. Frandson

Deeply intertwined with our American culture, sports give us some of our best stories – those narratives written as a ballplayer circles the plates, as the volleyball’s spiked, as snowboarder reveals a new halfpipe, it’s in the ring, it’s on the football field, and the grueling practices that few see. Through the eyes of athletes, coaches, and fans, this course is a study of how sports reveal human character, and teach us about life. We’ll read stories that ultimately ask difficult questions about who we are, as individuals and a nation socially and racially divided, what it means to be a pioneer in sports and break down barriers, stories of the changing evolution of the game of football, the transformative power of innovation in sports, and how far people will go to reclaim dreams that have slipped away. This course will survey short stories, essays, poetry, journalism, films, and writings by athletes published on the PLAYER’S TRIBUNE. Selected text will include: THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING, THE PERFECT PASS: AMERICAN GENIUS AND THE REINVENTION OF FOOTBALL, FOOTBALL: GREAT WRITING ABOUT THE NATIONAL SPORT, PLAY BIG: LESSONS IN BEING LIMITLESS, the PLAYER’S TRIBUNE, NFL Films, and ESPN’s 30 FOR 30 film series. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)