Paula Cisewski portrait

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
(Fall 2017) T/R 11:45am-12:45pm
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.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W26 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MCH 233
CRN: 40988 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.

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ENGL 201 - W06 Exploring Local Lit Landscape - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 BEC LL03
CRN: 42574 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, spoken word artists, literary magazines and presses that make it so? And who influenced them? We will spend time with a wide range of texts, attend a live literary event, and see if we can persuade a writer or two to attend our class with a well-constructed letter-writing campaign. We will read UNBEARABLE SPLENDOR by Sun Yung Shin (Coffee House Press), THE ALPHABET NOT UNLIKE THE WORLD by Katrina Vandenburg (Milkweed Editions), THE ANNIE YEAR by Stephanie Wilbur Ash (Unnamed Press), ANY PSALM YOU WANT by Khary Jackson (Write Bloody Publishing), and a diverse sampling of others. 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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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W15 Reading Eating - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 SCB 107
CRN: 22411 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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