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A restful break @ Cooper Union

I’m Jesse Rice-Evans. My time is split between being a sick & disabled queer Southerner, poet & rhetorician, and amateur herbalist & Tarot expert.

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.

My girlfriend made this for me during finals, spring 2016 ❤

I am currently the nonfiction and poetry editor of Identity Theory.

Read my writing here.

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.



Summer break @ West Philly

I teach First-Year Composition, Queer Literature, and Writing for Engineers at the City College of New York and at the Cooper Union Center for Writing.

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.

Andréa & JRE course planning @ Riis Beach

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.

My girlfriend also made this for me ❤

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.

My students are filling out evals & I’m in the hallway! @ CCNY

Oh, and I’m a hopeless Leo. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram.

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!

You can hire me for a few other things:

  • accessibility consulting (academic, non-profit, & corporate)
  • poetry/nonfiction workshop facilitation
  • trauma-informed/embodiment writing workshop facilitation
  • professional writing consulting (resumes, cover letters, & applications)
  • accessible pedagogy workshop facilitation (academic)

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