Janelle Adsit

Department Chair

Ph.D. English, State University of New York (SUNY), Albany

I work in the areas of creative writing, environmental humanities, health humanities, and arts in health. The books I've published in recent years are primarily meant to support the teaching of creative writing: Writing Intersectional Identities: Keywords for Creative Writers (co-author with Renée Byrd, 2019); Critical Creative Writing: Essential Readings on the Writer's Craft (edited collection, 2018); Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing: Threshold Concepts to Guide the Literary Writing Curriculum (2017). I most recently published a book on mindfulness and contemplative practice, epistemic justice, and the environmental humanities. I also write poetry; books include Unremitting Entrance, which is a meditation on grief in relation to place and environment.

I conduct writing workshops for community members, particularly in healthcare settings. I've facilitated writing workshops at Hospice of Humboldt with local artist Julie Doerner. 

Areas of Interest: 

Creative Writing; Writing Studies; Environmental Humanities; Narrative Medicine; Health Humanities, Arts in Health

Courses Taught: 
English 311: Creative Writing for Environmental Justice
English 315: Creative Writing: Fiction
English 460: Literary Editing and Publishing (Toyon)
English 461: Professional Concerns in Writing & Editing
English 600: Introduction to Graduate Studies
Environmental Studies 480: Health Justice and Climate Justice
Books Unremitting Entrance: Poems (Spuyten Duyvil) Writing Intersectional Identities: Keywords for Creative Writers, co-authored with Renée Byrd (Bloomsbury Academic) Critical Creative Writing: Essential Readings on the Writer's Craft (edited collection)
Janelle Adsit
(707) 826-4442
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