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About Peter Elbow

Many of these texts are final versions I sent to the publisher--and thus lack some final copy editing and are not in publication format.
--About the unpublished essays: I welcome responses, thoughts, suggetions.
I am now posting some draft chapters from a book I am finishing: *Vulgar Eloquence: Enlisting Speech for Writing.* I would welcome helpful feedback about what works and doesn't work. I'm pushing to finish revising by the fall. You may email me if you want to see chapters that are not posted here.
Professor Elbow has written Oppositions in Chaucer, Writing without Teachers, Writing with Power, Embracing Contraries, What is English?, and (with Pat Belanoff) a textbook, A Community of Writers. He edited Voice and Writing, he co-edited Nothing Begins with N: New Explorations of Freewriting as well as Writing to Learn: Strategies for Assigning and Responding to Writing in the Disciplines. He has published numerous essays on writing and teaching and evaluation. In 1986 he was awarded the Braddock prize for "The Shifting Relationships between Speech and Writing." In 1994 he was awarded the James A. Berlin prize for "The War between Reading and Writing-and How to End It."He taught at M.I.T., Franconia College, Evergreen State College, and SUNY Stony Brook where he also directed the Writing Program.He served on the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association and the Executive Committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication


Present Professor Emeritus, Department of English, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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