Dr. Piano's dissertation research was an interdisciplinary study of Third Wave
feminist cultural production, situated at the intersection of feminist studies,
rhetorical and writing theories, and cultural studies. Several articles she has published
from this project investigate the literacy practices (primarily making and distributing
zines) of a feminist subculture engaged in producing alternative discourses through the
use of high and low tech media. This research has contributed to the emerging field of
‘girls’ studies’ or what she calls ‘subcultural feminisms.’ 

Due to Hurricane Katrina’s impact on her teaching and research, Dr. Piano has created a
print and digital archive known as the Writing After Katrina Archive Project (WAKAP) that
is a repository of Katrina-related student writings produced in the English Department at
UNO. She also has undertaken documenting the recovery through writing and photography to
study the aesthetic, collective, and political uses of public space by New Orleans’
residents. Her more recent research utilizes critical concepts of cultural geography,
visual rhetoric, and material/digital culture to analyze representations and
manifestations of New Orleans post-Katrina. 

Contributions to Books

Exchanging Life Narratives: The Politics and Poetics of Perzines, The Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy through the Communicative, Visual and Performing Arts. (2007)
 
“Leaving Las Vegas: Reading the Prostitute as a Site of Abjection”, Exclusions in Feminist Thought: Challenging the Boundaries of Womanhood (2002)
 

Articles

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Working the Streets of Post-Katrina New Orleans: An Interview with Deon Haywood, Executive Director, Women with a Vision, Inc., Women's Studies Quarterly: Special Issue. Ruin. (2011)

While most people living in the United States watched, with sympathy and horror, the dismantling...

 

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Making It Up As We Go: Students Writing and Teachers Reflecting on Post-K New Orleans (with Sarah Debacher, Celeste Del Russo, Elizabeth Lewis, and Reggie Poche), Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service Learning and Community Literacy (2008)
 

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Writing the Ruins: Rhetorics of Crisis and Uplift after the Flood, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (2006)
 

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Analyzing a Zine: Studying Subcultural Production on the World Wide Web, Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing and Webbed Environments (2002)
 

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Congregating Women: Reading 3rd Wave Feminist Practices in Subcultural Production, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (2002)
 

Reviews

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Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six (Review), Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service Learning and Community Literacy (2011)

Review of Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six by Jordan Flaherty.

 

Photography

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River Rising, May 2011. A Photo Essay. Part I., Viz. Visual Rhetoric. Visual Culture. Pedagogy. Digital Writing and Research Lab at the University of Texas. (2011)

In May 2011, the Mississippi River rose to unprecedented heights, threatening a worst-case scenario of...

 

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River Rising, May 2011. A Photo Essay. Part Il, Viz. Visual Rhetoric. Visual Culture. Pedagogy. Maintained by the Digital Writing and Research Lab at the University of Texas. (2011)

In May 2011, the Mississippi River rose to unprecedented heights, threatening a worst-case scenario of...