I’m a writer and a writing teacher. My first full-length collection, Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), was selected by Alex Lemon for the National Poetry Series, and my chapbook Acadiana (Black Lawrence Press, 2018) won the Black River Chapbook Competition. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Pleiades, The Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere. I’ve been the recipient of a Walter E Dakin Fellowship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the New Jersey Council on the Arts. I teach at Stockton University, where I’m Assistant Professor of Writing and First Year Studies, and I also lead community writing workshops at the Cooper Street Writing Workshops at Rutgers-Camden.
I’m also an essayist, and I’m working on a hybrid prose book about motherhood. I’ve recently published review-essays on the whiteness of the motherhood memoir and the political nature of motherhood at Electric Literature. My pedagogy essay, Writing What You Know, is up at Whale Road Review, and I have craft essays in The Adroit Review and in Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New and Beginner Poets, forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2020.
In addition to my creative work, I also hold a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric, and my research interests include literacy studies, writing studies, writing pedagogy and creative writing pedagogy, and community literacy. “‘The Spirit of our Rural Countryside’: Toward an Extracurricular Pedagogy of Place,” was published in the Community Literacy Journal’s Spring 2019 issue. An article, “‘The Advantages of Knowing How to Read and Write’: Literacy, Filmic Pedagogies, and the Hemispheric Projection of U.S. Influence,” co-written with Christa Olson was originally published in Literacy in Composition Studies, and was recently selected for the Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition 2017.
I’d love to come read or lead a workshop at your reading series or class!
Email at nancy.o.reddy at gmail.com.