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Transformative Studies, Ph.D.
Writer / Professor
California College of the Arts
In considering what kind of PhD program to enroll in at this stage of my life and career as a writer and professor, I knew I didn’t want to get trapped in the boggling abstractions of literary theory (much as I love it, as often as I have taught it). I attended Open House for the CIIS program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, and was attracted but ultimately decided I’m not quite “far out” enough to get my head around its spaciousness. Transformative Studies would allow me to explore far and wide, and then apply the teachings in practical ways. Students in the program were there to transform education, business, ecology, spirituality, the arts, and the future. I entered the Cove room at my first TID Intensive in Pacifica to find our program director Alfonso Montuori playing saxophone with gusto as loud waves at high tide crashed against the wall of windows. The air was electric, my cohort energized, diverse in age and race and style and interests, from all over the world. I spent a bit of time engaging my natural skepticism, worried this was not the serious doctoral experience I had applied for. Over time I discovered that learning to play, to dream, to “lighten up,” and to not-know would be my most important takeaways. I use these teachings in my life and classes to this day.
Remix Perspectives: Transdisciplinary Insights for the Art of Writing
Remix Perspectives provides transdisciplinary insights for the art of writing, from poets, writers, dancers, artists, psychologists, and philosophers. It is composed of selected quotes arranged in a conversational collage style that reflects the way creative writers “remix” selected elements of raw experience to transform life into stories. Using appropriated quotes to write a dissertation entirely in the words of other people is a transgressive style for presenting research, and represents my original contribution to scholarship on twenty-first-century authorship, which questions the very notion of originality in a digital age. My choice to “patchwrite” in this way is offered as a creative response to the sheer abundance of pre-existing language.