I’m Jesse Rice-Evans (she/they), sick & disabled neuroqueer Southerner, technologist & rhetorician, and Leo homebody.
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This page includes biographical and professional information, my contact information, and links to some of my work elsewhere on the web.
Since fall 2017, I’ve been working on my Ph.D. in English, Composition and Rhetoric at the CUNY Graduate Center, where I study digital dis-composed narratives, femme rhetoric in queer & disabled communities, and embodiment theory in digital writing.
Now I’m a doctoral candidate and developing my dissertation project, an autotheoretical autoethnography that examines academic forms of ableism, graduate study in a chronically ill neuroqueer body, and digital expressions of embodiment, language, and power. I also explore anti-Black and settler-colonialist practices in higher education, explicate my own whiteness, and embrace prose/multimedia work.
Since October 2022, I’ve been working at CUNY School of Professional Studies as OpenLab Manager, working to develop and launch a brand-new iteration of the open digital pedagogy and community-building platform I’ve been working on since 2018!
I’m currently doing loads of fun stuff:
- Mutual Aid: Free Editing
- CEO, Jesse Rice-Evans Medical LLC
- Resources Editor at Anti-Ableist Composition Collective
- Poetry Mentor at Brooklyn Poets – The Bridge
Finishing my dissertation during an ongoing global pandemic has proven difficult. I have been primarily housebound since 2019, and my diagnoses of ME, POTS, MCAS, and hEDS mean that I’m high-risk for developing additional post-viral symptoms or worsening my existing symptoms. As such, I’ve been learning how to say no to opportunities that feel unsustainable for me.
My pedagogy and academic work also center disability justice, cripple solidarity, community-building, and medical advocacy. I’ve been coping with chronic pain since 2014 and I’m a mobility aid user. My disabilities deeply affect my daily routines and my approach to teaching, writing, and learning.
I’m also now a disability activist and advocate in all of my professional roles, in addition to belonging to several activist and interdependence communities online.
Oh, I also write poetry and non-fiction! See my Publications page for a list of recent and selected work.
A 2021 recipient of the Barbara and Carl Zydney Grant for Artists with Disabilities through NYFA, my first full-length collection on disability and femme identity, titled The Uninhabitable, is out from Sibling Rivalry Press! Please rate &/or review on Goodreads.
Currently, I’m submitting my second manuscript ACNE, a hybrid lyric essay/poetry collection, to independent and small presses and finishing edits on my third collection, poems based on Grey’s Anatomy. All of my work explores sick and disabled embodiment, medicalization and trauma, and self-medicating and “wellness” strategies in late capitalism.
I’ve performed my creative work at Poets House, the Brooklyn Museum, the CUNY Graduate Center and City College, UNC Asheville, and many more.
I have taught First-Year Composition, Queer Literature, and Writing for Engineers at the City College of New York, as well as digital pedagogy workshops and trainings at the New York City College of Technology with my work at the OpenLab. Additionally, I taught Multimodal Writing at Baruch College and an upper-level creative writing seminar called Creative Biography at the University of North Carolina Asheville, respectively. Finally, I also teach poetry workshops on embodiment, disability, and Tarot poetics, and recently taught a hybrid-format queer poetics workshop at Poets House in NYC.
In the fall of 2018, I co-taught a hybrid first-year writing seminar (FIQWS) on queer textuality, writing identity, and vulnerability as activist rhetoric titled That’s So Gay!: Queer Texts in the U.S. with Prof. Andréa Stella, a doctoral student at CUNY Graduate Center. We have been committed to making full use of the hybrid designations and have embraced a number of new technologies since beginning to teach online in 2017. We fought homophobic administration at CCNY since 2016 to get this course approved, and we have a piece forthcoming in Mad Scholars Anthology edited by Shayda Kafai, Ph.D. and Melanie Jones, Ph.D. candidate, about femme access pedagogy and That’s So Gay!
From 2018-2022, I worked as a Senior Digital Pedagogy Fellow with the OpenLab at City Tech developing workshops and online initiatives for faculty, staff, and students at City Tech, as well as collaborating across departments on hybrid and accessible learning initiatives.
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