“Art is transferring feeling from one heart to another”
~ Leo Tolstoy
These selections reflect the diversity of my past roles, interests, and skill sets. They showcase the flexibility of my writing style and my approach to composition and the teaching of writing. In my tutorials, classes, and editorial services, I draw from this broad scope to assist students and clients on a wide variety of topics, across multiple genres and formats, to address a range of audiences.
These pieces demonstrate the versatility of my writing and the breadth of my creative process and output.
~ Poem, “Souls of My Feet”
~ Poem, “paradise burns”
~ Poem, “Overture”
~ Poem, “phantom limbs and fallen branches”
~ Essay, Using a Compass Without a Map: The Journey of a Mother-Educator, published in Hybrid Pedagogy, 10 May 2016
~ Essay, Making Our Words Matter: Reawakening the Radical Imagination
~ Personal Reflection, “Agony Without Ecstasy: The First Year”
In “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With The Way She Moves”: The Experience and Influence of Women in the Grateful Dead, I examine the varied roles women played in the production, management, representation, legacy preservation, and documentation of the Grateful Dead. A precis of the project follows:
These pieces reflect my scholarly work and achievements. I include the Introduction to my dissertation, entitled Between the Country House and the Kitchenette: Literary Excavations of Space and Self in the Work of Henry James and Gwendolyn Brooks, an excerpt from Chapter Seven of my dissertation, entitled “In the Center of Stillness: the Creative Life of Maud Martha’s Interior,” and a book review of Adam Green’s Selling the Race: Culture, Community, and Black Chicago, 1940-1955, published in the Economic History Review.
~ Introduction, Between the Country House and the Kitchenette: Literary Excavations of Space and Self in the Work of Henry James and Gwendolyn Brooks
~ “In the Center of Stillness: the Creative Life of Maud Martha’s Interior,” Dissertation Chapter Seven, excerpt
~ Review of Selling the Race: Culture, Community, and Black Chicago, 1940-1955, by Adam Green, Economic History Review, 60 (November 2007): 862-864.
I have taught a variety of subjects in multiple educational settings. Presented here are two course syllabi, “The Automobile as American Culture” and “Black Literature and the Urban Experience,” a comprehensive curricular unit on F. Scott Fitzergald’s The Great Gatsby geared toward 11th grade students, and a course hand-out I composed on “How to Do a Close Reading.”
I have produced a variety of brochures, grant proposals, commemorative booklets, and other promotional material for clients in many sectors, including Yale University, Arnold Industries, and individual business owners and artists. Included here is a Director’s Brief explicating the importance and sketching the contours of a school library makerspace, a commemorative brochure I produced for Yale University’s African American Studies Alumni Conference entitled “Revisiting Origins, Imagining Futures,” and a fully funded $100,000 grant proposal addressed to the Ford Foundation to mount an international conference on Langston Hughes at Yale University, a conference for which I was the lead organizer and liaison.
~ Director’s Brief: Implementing a School Library Makerspace
~ Commemorative brochure, Yale University’s African American Studies Alumni Conference “Revisiting Origins, Imagining Futures”
~ Grant Proposal to the Ford Foundation, Langston Hughes Conference, Yale University
I have created many websites for personal use and written copy for those of others. I include here a site I produced to explore the social and historical context (and joy!) of Astrid Lindgren’s beloved tale, Pippi Longstocking.
© Rachel Rosekind, PhD, MLIS