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Paula Cisewski

Instructor of English
Degree
M.F.A., Vermont College of Fine Arts
B.A., St. Catherine University
At St. Thomas in 2007-2008, then returned 2014-present
Office
JRC 353
Hours
(Spring 2018) T/R 12:20-1:20pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5612

Books

The Threatened Everything, poetry, Burnside Review 2016

Misplaced Sinister, lyric prose, Red Bird Chapbooks, 2015

Ghost Fargo, poetry, selected by Franz Wright for the Nightboat Poetry Prize, 2010

Two Museums, poetry, MaCaHu Press, 2009

Or Else What Asked The Flame, poems written collaboratively with Mathias Svalina, Scantily Clad Press, 2008

Upon Arrival, poetry, Black Ocean, 2006

How Birds Work, poetry, Fuori Editions, 2002

Statement

Though contemporary poetry is my first literary love, I enjoy all literature that pushes the boundaries of what it can be. I incorporate the widest possible range of voices and genres in my classes. In my English 121 or 200 level courses, we may read poems, a classic play, a graphic novel, an e-novella, a lyric prose collection, and a series of blog posts, for example. I like to examine the ways our reading and writing can draw us more deeply into our own personal journeys.

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W15 Reading Eating - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 SCB 107

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

SCB 107

Course Registration Number:

22411 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Paula F. Cisewski

Why are both hunger and obesity problems? What is healthy food, and how does it make its way to us? With whom do you choose to break bread? In this course, we will explore both personal pleasures and political issues around eating. From Marcel Proust’s famous madeleine to Anthony Bourdain’s PARTS UNKNOWN, from TV ads to literature to Instagram images, we will examine our assumptions and our beliefs around food sources, food access, and food justice. Students will design individual research projects around the topic that may include interviews with food or farm experts or a service learning element. 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.

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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 201 - W01 The Twin Cities Literary Scene See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

30433 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Paula F. Cisewski

The Twin Cities has one of the richest literary scenes around. Who are our very own nationally/internationally known writers, poets, playwrights, and spoken word artists, and who influenced them? What are the thriving literary magazines and presses? We'll spend time with a wide range of literary voices across multiple genres, including Chris Santiago’s poetry collection TULA and Stephanie Wilbur Ash’s novel THE ANNIE YEAR. We'll also attend a live literary event and enjoy the company of a guest writer or two. The writing load for this blended/hybrid course (1/2 in class and 1/2 online) 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)
OEC 2101730-1930- T - R - - -
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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W14 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40948 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Paula F. Cisewski

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 121 - W18 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40972 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Paula F. Cisewski

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)