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Kristen Park Wedlock

Assistant Professor

School:

Arts and Sciences

Department:

English

Office Location:

JH219

Office Hours:

Summer Hours: Monday 1:00 - 3:00 PM on Blackboard Collaborate

Educational Background

  • M.F.A. Writing and Poetics, Naropa University, Boulder, CO
  • B.S. Exercise Science – Minor Certificates in Biological Sciences and Psychology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Certificates: Brown Contemplative Studies ICP Summer Program, Brown University, Providence, RI

Professional Experience

A course offering should be just that–an offering: what do we invite, share, examine, challenge, and discover; how do we participate, choose, and engage; why and for whom do we read, listen, write, and speak?   Through project based learning, experiential writing labs, collaborative workshops, and critical, close reading, we curate a space in words to share our observations, contemplation, reflections, and questions. To the class, I offer the skills, strategies, and techniques I have learned in the field as a professional writer, editor, and publisher and through academia as a teacher and researcher.  I hope you will take up this invitation to write; I look forward to sharing the page.  

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Writing, Georgian Court University (2019- Current)
  • Visiting Instructor of Writing, Georgian Court University (2018-2019)
  • Bryant Scholars Writing Consultant and Honors Program Writing Coach (2014 – 2017)
  • Creativity Fellow, Bryant University (2014-2015)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Bryant University (2012-2017)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Johnson & Wales University (2012-2015)
  • Graduate Assistant, Naropa University (2010-2012)
  • Writing Center Tutor, Rutgers University (2001-2006)

Editing & Publishing Experience

Research / Creativity Interest Area

In both my critical and creative scholarship, I investigate and practice contemplative writing in the dharma arts tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Reed Bye, and Bhanu Kapil. As a creative artist, my background in physiology, kinesiology, dance, and somatic yoga informs the way I compose the page: a choreography of words excavated from the body. Through mindfulness practice on the cushion, mat, or page, one can learn to listen to their body, hear their thoughts, identify prejudice or unconscious bias, and cultivate a place of non judgment. It is possible to disrupt habitual thinking, and thus, dismantle the thoughts, language (constructs), and systems that perpetuate injustice and inequity. Language can facilitate or hinder the restorative process. Writing can hold the space or obstruct it. In the classroom, I invite writers to participate in this process by engaging the 1st person critical lens, identifying bias in their own texts and others, challenging readings and being challenged by readings, and cultivating intellectual humility and cognitive empathy.  

Publications

  • Wedlock, K.P., (2018). Empathy of place: Threshold as time piece. Precipice: Writing at the Edge (pp. 207-220). Boulder, CO: Precipice Collective.
  • Park, K., (2015). Strangers at the event horizon, Boulder, CO: Gesture Press.
  • Park, K., (2014). Poetics of empathy: Gesture-sound-word as compositional units of a somatic frame, Something on Paper, Vol. 2, Boulder, CO: Naropa University
  • Park, K., (2013). excerpt from Aurelia, Gesture Literary Journal, Vol. 2, Boulder, CO: Gesture Press.

Presentations

  • Mazzarotto, M. & Wedlock, K.P. (2020). From awe to awake: The power in exposing and dismantling stereotypes through American poetry and television, presented at D.C. Mercy Roundtable, Washington D.C.: The Conference for Mercy Higher Education.
  • Wedlock, K.P. (2020). Ballerina as blister; Ballerina as callous: Dismantling binaries in the shift from stage to screen – an analysis of Flesh & Bone and Black Swan, presented at 2020 Popular Culture Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA: PCA/ACA.  
  • Wedlock, K.P. (2019). Case closed: Teaching Sherlock as a blueprint for dismantling conclusions and disrupting bias in composition, presented at 2019 Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, Pittsburg, PA: MAPACA.
  • Wedlock, K.P., & Ivaliotis, C. (2019). The Eye/I of the beholder: Critically examining the creative and creatively examining the critical—practices for academic research writing, presented at 20th Annual NJWA Conference What the Heck is Critical Thinking, and How do You Teach It?, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ: New Jersey Writing Alliance.
  • Park, K. (2015). Cultivating the 1st person critical lens in research and writing, presented at Best Practices Presentation, Gateway Program Retreat, Smithfield, RI: Bryant University.
  • Park, K. (2014). Typography/Topography: the bite and relief of exorcising place, presented at JKS Disembodied Poetics 40th Anniversary Conference, Boulder, CO: Naropa University.
  • Park, K. (2011). Dharma art and the sustainable writer, presented at Dharma in a Self-Serving World: Role of the Writer, Boulder, CO: Summer Writing Program, Naropa University.

Featured Readings

  • Precipice Collective (March 2019) Writing at the Edge Book Launch – Reading and Somatic Lab Workshop, held at Counterpath in Denver, CO.
  • Gesture Literary Press (August 2015) Strangers at the Event Horizon Book Launch – Reading and Somatic Lab Workshop, held at Buchanan’s Coffee & Pub in Boulder, CO.
  • Precipice Collective (June 2013) Littoral: Restore the Shore: Yoga, Poetry, and Community Building Event, Bay Head Beach, NJ.
  • 4 X 4 Reading Series, (May 2012), Colorado State University, University of Denver, Naropa University, and University of Colorado-Boulder – Naropa University selected student reader
  • Women of Naropa Reading (April 2012), Naropa University, Boulder, CO.

Additional Information

In addition to teaching in the GEN-BRIDGE Program and English Department, I host Fiction Writing Workshops and participate in the Annual Dose of Poetry Series (curated by Christine Marie Stevenson). These workshops are open to the public and encourage students, staff, faculty, alum, and community members to join together to share the written and spoken word. Stay tuned for our Fall Into Fiction (Virtual) Series: Click Here for Updates and Events If you are considering becoming an English Major, then please, view our virtual information session by clicking here: GCU English Department Virtual Open House Info Session

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