I search for ways to relate literature to important issues in the students lives. In my college composition classes, I asked students to write essays entitled "Monarch for a Month," "The Month of Melancholia," and "Monitoring the Dichotomies of Our Day."
My background entails both religion studies and English, experience in college teaching, and constructive editing. My publications include poetry, short stories, plays, journalistic essays, and academic work. I particularly enjoy science fiction and mythology, but can teach all literature.
English Instructor at D’youville College
August 2018 – Till this day….
Teaching freshman composition with an interest in mythology and personal development.
Protestant and Quaker Preacher:
January 2010 – Till this day….
Per-diem preaching at MCauley Residence Hall and Collins Friends Meeting, NY
October 2008 – April 2011
Pembroke Community Church, Pembroke NY
• Preach, Lead Worship, and Bible Study
• Teach Confirmation
• Provide Pastoral Care
Jan. 2006 – July 2006 Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ, Attica, NY
Preached and taught Bible Study with an emphasis on transition.
Encouraged Lay-Leadership of Ceremonial Functions
Served as an advisor to the council during a membership review.
Jan 2003 – July 2005 Cleveland Heights Christian Church, Cheektowaga, NY
Taught a 34-week intensive Bible study with 20 participants.
Led a cross-country communion trek called “A Cup, A Cross, A Country”
Held a series of “Covenantal Conversations” to help the congregation establish a sense of identity.
1993-1997 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas. Bachelor’s Degree
B.A., Double Major English and Religion
Dean’s List, all semesters.
Completed both Departmental and University Honors requirements.
Graduated cum laude.
1998-2000 Graduate Theological Union Berkeley, California
2000-2002 Brite Divinity School
Fort Worth, Texas, Master’s of Divinity
2015-2018 University of Buffalo, English Master’s
“Animals, Angels, Autism, and the All-Liminal.” ABD Journal, University at Buffalo. 2018, v. 5
ECO Friendly Custom Cleaners.” A feature article in Buffalo Rising, May 2007. This article presents a new laundry cleaning place that is much more environmentally friendly than conventional dry-cleaners.
“Fortunato’s On the Park.” A feature article posted on Buffalo Rising’s website: (concealed information) This article presents a restaurant in a transitional neighborhood that is being restored by a committed couple.
“Fine Tuning Housing Court: Judge Henry Nowak and the Black Rock Initiative.” Buffalo Rising, November 2007. This article describes Judge Nowak’s conversion of housing court into a problem-solving court, and his plans to revitalize the community of Black Rock.
“Walking Humbly: The Work of Marsha Huard.” Buffalo Rising, January 2008. This is a profile of a neighborhood activist who has been addressing the problem of poverty using both systemic and personal methods.
“Love and War at Riverside Park” Buffalo Rising, February 2008. A feature article on the history, significance, and romance of Riverside Park and the controversy over management issues.
“General Motors at Riverside Park” A feature article posted on Buffalo Rising’s website: (concealed information) It describes the annual earth day/work day/picnic the Powertrain Plant in Tonanwanda sponsors at Riverside Park.
“Sacred Objects Come to Black Rock” Buffalo Rising, March 2008. The efforts of the Buffalo Religious Arts Center to convert a closed Catholic church into a museum.
“Relevant Worship Keeps it Real” Buffalo Rising, March 2008. A feature article profiling a new Christian Rock band and their enthusiasm for addressing social problems in Buffalo.
“Neighborhoods of Choice Through Neighborhood Housing Services” Buffalo Rising, April 2008. A feature article describing the urban renewal work of NHS.
“Transplanted: Kathleen Goodwin” Buffalo Rising, May 2008. Feature article profiling a new citizen in Black Rock reflecting on her choice to move into this so-called “rough” neighborhood.
“No Old’s Bard” Buffalo Rising, June 2008. Feature article profiling the “Shakespeariance” program to educate youth about Shakespeare.
“Clinton’s Ditch Drama.” July 2011 Feature article published on (concealed information) about a play about the digging of the Erie Canal.
“Buffalo Can Learn to Dance Before the Lord.” Sermon published in The Buffalo News. July 12, 2003. This sermon argues that Buffalo should not be so hard on herself and should be proud of her culture, especially the abundance of dance studios.
“Christian Calling is about Curing, not Kinship” Editorial in the Batavian News, June 2006. This article is in response to the release of the movie, “The DaVinci Code.” It argues that whether or not Jesus left a bloodline is not so important as doing Christ’s healing work.
“Noah; the First Animal Advocate” published in The Trailblazer, Jan 2007. This is the newsletter for the Sierra Club, Niagra Group. The article argues that God’s Covenant with Noah obliges human beings to take stewardship of animal life.
“Fossil-Fuel Free by 40” published in the The Riverside Review, June 2007. The article calls on Erie County to be free of fossil fuel usage by 2040. Versions of this article have also been published on the website of Buffalo Rising and in the Vineyard, the newsletter for the UCC and Disciples of Christ in WNY.
Book Review. Gospeltelling to a Digital Culture. Published in the Biblical Storyteller. July/August 2007.
“Beatitude Embodiment.” Educational exercise published in Church Educator, October 2007. The article describes creative ways to teach the Beatitudes of Matthew 5.
“The Essence of Discipleship” Sermon published in Church Educator, November 2007. The sermon reflects on the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10: 38-42 and argues that being a Christian begins with listening.
“Clergyman Believes in Evolution” Radio essay broadcast on WBFO (NPR) Argues the Bible and Darwin’s theories are consistent.
“Science and Religion Should Cooperate as well as Co-exist” Editorial in The Dailey News, Batavia, NY. Comments on the movie Angels and Demons and endorses the compatibility between science and religion.
“Why Mamma T Didn’t Go to Heaven” short story published in The Disciples Advocate. Summer 2010
“Struggle and Spirit: Why We Can Keep Both Good Science and the Bible.” Essay published in the online version of Spark: New York Yearly Meeting News www,nyym.org.
“Why I Hate Shaving” Artvoice September 27 – October 3, 2007
“The Temple of Walton” Artvoice April 17- April 23, 2008
“Fat Abel” World Audience June 2008
“Breakwater Falling” World Audience June 2008
“Doodlebugs” Broadkill Review December 2014
“The Shard” Broadkill Review December 2014
“The Beacon” Broadkill Review December 2014
“Tall Tales of a Narcissistic Dystonia”
Published in a collection by
Buffalo Disability Writing and Art Collaborative
Tongue-Tied. Published by Authorhouse October 2013
Gomer the Goose Dragon Published by Niagara Art Trail July 2016
Dionysus: Produced at Brazoswood High School Spring, 1993
The Empire Strikes Out: Produced at sUBVERSIVE tHEATER's sUBVERSIVE sHORTS festival, 2011
“Are There Poets on Other Planets?” February 8, 2012, Babeville, Buffalo. This talk was repeated at the CG Jung Center, recorded, and is available on Amazon.com
“Turbulence and Transcendence: Grieving, Gehrig, and The Gerasene Demoniac.” September 9, 2012. CG Jung Center (Center for Analytical Psychology) 408 Franklin Street Buffalo, NY
“Twisted and Shouting: Describing indescribable Dystonia.” Doctor Frederick Klaits’s Medical Anthropology Class, University of Buffalo, April 20th, 2016.
“Animals, Autism and Liminality: Myth and Evolution in the Works of Two Autistic Writers.” Milton Plesur Conference, University of Buffalo, April 1st 2002.
“Eternal Liminality, Transitions, and Weology: A New Christianity in The Grapes of Wrath.” Steinbeck as an International Writer, San Jose State University, May 5th 2016
“Shattered Mirror: Counterpart Mortality for Gilgamesh, Of Mice and Men, Midnight Cowboy, and Didymus” Crossing Over: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Death and Morbidity. York University, Toronto, February 17th through 18th, 2017.
“The Amoral Mule: Amigo Animal Tales and Immortality.” Badass Conference in Suny Albany. Albany, New York, March 31st through April 1st, 2017.
“Cleansing Gehenna: Jeremiah and the Urban Redemption of Waste.” Conference: Intersections: Collage of Urban Networks. Romantic Languages and Literature, University of Buffalo. April 7th-April 8th, 2017.
“The Advent of the Anecdote and the Pax Academy.” Conference: “Go Figure” Body-Image-Text. Department of Comparative Literature, University of Buffalo. April 21st, 2017
“Ragnarok, Revelation, Trees, Chess, and the Reign of Kings.” Conference “The End of the World: Tragedy|Catastrophe|Apocalypse” Department of Comparative Literature, University of Indiana, Bloomington. March 2nd, 3rd 2018
“From Myth to Methodology: Where Cardio Stories meet The Recycling of Carbon”
Poster presented at D’youville College; 6th Annual Research and Scholarship Day.
April 17th, 2019.
“Waste to Wealth on the Waterways of Western New York.” Idea Summit of
Champions for Change initiative, sponsored by One Region Forward and the
University of Buffalo. May 12th, 2018
Joe Blatz 1503 Military Road
Chaplain, Founder of Graycliff Kenmore NY 14217
Dr. Albert C. DeCiccio (concealed information)
Interim Dean of Arts, Science, and Education (508) 451-6651
D’youville College AFTER 7/31/2019
33 Kathletta Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Reverend Janice Ninan 1361 Sisson Hwy
Quaker minister Collins Ctr, NY 14034
Jim Hall P.O. Box 331
Private School Administrator Collins, NY 14034
Dr. James Holstun 319 Clemens Hall
English Professor University of Buffalo
Amherst, NY 14260
Linda Few 5696 Aaron Drive
Mother of Differently-Abled Artist Lockport NY, 14094
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