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Jasper as Teacher

The best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. This bit of truth has proven true over and over in my life. I worked for seven years as a California Poet in the Schools. For the last six years I have tutored students in writing through Signet Education. I have taught classes or given lectures at Mendocino College, Wesleyan University, Antioch Los Angeles, and UCLA. On this website you can listen to my lecture on creative reading, learn my approach to writing the perfect college essay, or ask me for a PDF of my 81-page guide… Read More »Jasper as Teacher

Lecture: Creative Reading

On February 23, 2017, I gave a talk at Wesleyan University, sponsored by the Center for Pedagogical Innovation and the English department. Titled “Creative Reading,” the lecture is an exploration of the deeper implications of a liberal arts education and the place of imagination in academic inquiry. I discuss techniques of creative visualization that I use with poetry students, in my own reading, and as a citizen. A student kindly made the following recording. (I reserve the copyright.) The recording begins slightly abruptly and is not of the very highest quality, but you might find it interesting nonetheless. Approx. 90… Read More »Lecture: Creative Reading

Mr. Buff

. This is┬áthe end of the line. All that’s left is Mr. Buff. And he’s in the middle of a mud bath.