Photo by Phil Dembiski

Photo by Phil Dembiski

Below you’ll find three versions of my bio. Please feel free to use/edit as you see fit. Do let me know if you’d like more, or different information.

300 words

Ames Hawkins is a transgenre writer, educator, and art activist. An Associate Professor and the Associate Chair in the Department of English at Columbia College Chicago, and practitioner of collaboration as a radical act, Ames teaches and co-teaches courses in First Year Writing, Cultural Studies, and Literature. A multimodal composer who uses writing and art to explore the interstices of alphabetic text, image, and sound, Ames theorizes the power and pleasure of queer(ing) form. Her recent work makes contributions to the larger conversations regarding multimodal composing, socially engaged practice, collaboration, queer literary nonfiction, and creative process as research methodology. Ames’s creative-critical scholarship appears across a range of academic and literary publications—both print and online—such as Computers and Composition Online, Slag Glass City, The Feminist WireInterdisciplinary Humanities, Polari, and Water~Stone Review. Ames served as contributor, curator, and co-editor of the Lambda Literary Foundations 25th Anniversary eBook Collection, 25 for 25: An Anthology of Works by 25 Outstanding Contemporary Authors and Those They Inspired. Ames is currently working on These Are Love(d) Letters: e, l, o, r, s, t, v, a transgenre book-length writing project and art installation that uses a finite set of textual artifacts, (the twenty love letters written by her father to her mother over a six-week period), as a framework for a complex visual and textual exploration of the infinite implications regarding the rhetorical, cultural, theoretical and literary work of the love letter. She’s also exploring the scholarly and pedagogical affordances of soundwriting, podcasting, and digital spoken dialogue in the classroom and as co-host and co-producer of the scholarly podcast Masters of Text (mastersoftext.com). Her online portfolio can be found at http://www.ameshawkins.com.

200 words

Ames Hawkins is a writer, educator, and art activist. An Associate Professor in the Department of English at Columbia College Chicago, and practitioner of collaboration as a radical act, Ames teaches and co-teaches courses in First Year Writing, Cultural Studies, and Literature. Ames uses writing and art to explore the interstices of text and image, theorizing the power and pleasure of queer(ing) form; her most recent creative and critical work appears in Computers and Composition Online, Slag Glass City, The Feminist Wire, Interdisciplinary Humanities, and Water~Stone Review. She served as curator and co-editor of the Lambda Literary Foundations 25th Anniversary 2103 eBook Collection, 25 for 25: An Anthology of Works by 25 Outstanding Contemporary Authors and Those They Inspired. Ames is currently working on the installation/book project, These Are Love(d) Letters: e, l, o, r, s, t, v, and is co-host and co-producer of Masters of Text (mastersoftext.com), a scholarly podcast exploring alternative alphabetic texts and creative-critical scholarship.

50 words

Ames Hawkins is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches and co-teaches courses in First Year Writing, Cultural Studies, and Literature. You can find out more about Ames at  http://www.ameshawkins.com.