I’m Jesse Rice-Evans. I’m a queer Southerner, rhetorician, and amateur herbalist with a summa cum laude Master’s in Language & Literacy from the City College of New York.
In fall 2017, I started my first year at the CUNY Graduate Center pursuing a Ph.D. in English, Composition and Rhetoric, digital dis-composed narratives, rhetorical activisms in queer & disabled communities, and embodiment theory in digital writing.
I am currently the nonfiction and poetry editor of Identity Theory and the author of Soft Switch, a chapbook released by Damaged Goods Press in December 2016. I also have a chapbook forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press in 2018, titled NOON.
My first full-length collection on disability and femme identity, titled The Uninhabitable, is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in 2019.
Check out a digital chapbook I’m developing here.
Read my newer writing here:
“Is this a coming out essay? / This is a coming-out essay” (nonfiction) in WUSSY Magazine
“Bohemia Lies by the Sea” (poetry) forthcoming in Moonchild Magazine
“Between the Water and Me” (nonfiction) at Five:2:One Magazine
“A Conditional” and “house fire…” (poetry) in OCCULUM
“Another Conditional” (poetry) in Bad Pony
“Overflow” (poetry) in Rising Phoenix
Read my older writing here:
Yes Poetry (2017)
Deaf Poets Society (2017)
Vagabond City Lit (2017)
Public Pool (2016)
Moonsick Magazine (2016)
Blood Lotus Journal (2012)
The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society (October & November 2015)
Reality Hands (2016)
White Stag (2016)
My micro-chapbook Rotting Kind is out from Ghost City Press (2017)
This term, I’m co-teaching a hybrid first-year writing seminar (FIQWS) on queer textuality, writing identity, and vulnerability as activist rhetoric titled Self and Other in Literature with Prof. Andréa Stella at CCNY. We are committed to making full use of the hybrid designations and have embraced a number of new technologies as the semester has unfolded.
I’m a digital humanities activist and critical pedagogue, and I regularly include rhetorics of digital writing (memes, gifs, wikis) in my writing courses, and in my work in the Center for Writing at The Cooper Union.
My pedagogy also centers disability/chronic illness, as I’ve been coping with chronic pain since 2014. I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and chronic pain, in addition to depression and anxiety; these disabilities have deeply affected my daily routines and my approach to teaching. As a result, I’ve increased my commitment to radical vulnerability, to coming out as having an (actually several) invisible disability/ies to my students and WPAs/faculty mentors.
I’m also now a disability activist and advocate on all three of my campuses, in addition to belonging to several activist and interdependence communities online.
In 2012, I earned a magna cum laude B.A. in Literature, Creative Writing, and Africana studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where I taught a creative writing workshop on multi-genre narratives and worked as a consultant & coordinator in the Writing Center. I also hosted several popular writing groups and reading series, including Redaction, Red Writers—a feminist space for conversation and prose poetry, and the Juniper Bends Reading Series.
On top of all my research and writing, I also have an Etsy shop! I’m a part-time city/chronic illness witch, and I make my own herbal medicine, read tarot, do energy work and personalized spellwork. If you need witch services, hire a chronically ill graduate student!