new + Ongoing projects
The World as We Wish It Were: Speech Acts, Public Performance, and the Question of What Matters in the Teaching of Writing, manuscript in process.
Stacey Waite’s second scholarly book project, The World as We Wish It Were: Speech Acts, Public Performance, and the Question of What Matters in the Teaching of Writing, brings non-compulsory writing spaces into direct conversation with the compulsory space of the first-year writing classroom to show what community engagement work has to offer those of us who teach creative and critical writing. Drawing from Waite’s work with Louder Than a Bomb, a year-long high school writing program culminating in a statewide poetry slam competition, this book develops new methods for the teaching of writing that emphasize ethical community engagement and immediate, world-making impact. The research for this book has been completed through a Seed Partnership Grant from the University of Nebraska’s College of Arts and Sciences. Waite’s article, “Put me in, Coach: The Political Promise of Competitive Composing” appeared in Literacy and Composition Studies.
A Real Man Would Have a Gun, manuscript in process.
Waite’s latest poetry collection, A Real Man Would Have a Gun, is in process. This poetry collection explores the impact of masculinity as an identity, mode of being, site of cultural proliferation, and force in the lives of queer people and women. Poems from this manuscript have appeared in HEArt Quarterly, Cherry Tree, and The Pittsburgh Poetry Review.