Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers:


Paul Feigen­baum

Paul FeigenbaumPaul Feigen­baum is an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at Florida Inter­na­tional Uni­ver­sity. His research and teach­ing inter­ests included com­mu­nity lit­er­acy, ser­vice learn­ing, pub­lic writ­ing, col­lege access, and civic engage­ment ped­a­gogy. His essays have appeared in Reflec­tions, Com­mu­nity Lit­er­acy Jour­nal, and Com­po­si­tion Forum, and his first book, Col­lab­o­ra­tive Imag­i­na­tion: Earn­ing Activism through Lit­er­acy Edu­ca­tion, will be pub­lished by South­ern Illi­nois Uni­ver­sity Press in early 2015.




Eli Gold­blatt

Eli GoldblattEli Gold­blatt was born in 1952 in Cleve­land, Ohio, and grew up on Army posts in the U.S. and Ger­many. After earn­ing his B.A. at Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity, he attended a year of med­ical school, trav­eled in Mex­ico and Cen­tral Amer­ica, and taught high school for 6 years in Philadel­phia. He com­pleted a Ph.D. in Eng­lish at the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. He is a pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity, where he served as uni­ver­sity writ­ing direc­tor for ten years (five as co-director of the writ­ing cen­ter) and five years as first-year writ­ing direc­tor. He is the direc­tor of New City Writ­ing (Insti­tute for the Study of Lit­er­a­ture, Lit­er­acy, and Cul­ture), an out­reach arm of the writ­ing pro­gram focused espe­cially on North Philadel­phia. For nearly ten years, he has served on the board of Tree House Books, a non-profit lit­er­ary cen­ter in the neigh­bor­hood near the Tem­ple campus.

Gold­blatt works both as a composition/literacy researcher and as a cre­ative writer. In com­po­si­tion, he has helped to estab­lish the field of com­mu­nity lit­er­acy with books and arti­cles about the con­nec­tions between col­lege writ­ing pro­grams and K-12 schools or neigh­bor­hood lit­er­acy cen­ters. His books in the field include ‘Round My Way: Author­ity and Double-Consciousness in Three Urban High School Writ­ers (U of Pitts­burgh P, 1995); Because We Live Here: Spon­sor­ing Lit­er­acy Beyond the Col­lege Cur­ricu­lum (Hamp­ton P 2007), win­ner of the National Coun­cil of Writ­ing Pro­gram Admin­is­tra­tors’ Best Book Award in 2008; and Writ­ing Home: A Lit­er­acy Auto­bi­og­ra­phy (S. Illi­nois UP, 2012). His poems have appeared over the last thirty years in small lit­er­ary jour­nals such as The Pinch, Cincin­nati Review, Ham­bone, Paper Air, Another Chicago Mag­a­zine,Madi­son Review, Louisiana Lit­er­a­ture, and Hub­bub. His books of poems include Journeyman’s Song (Cof­fee House, 1990), Ses­sions 1–62 (Chax Press, 1991), Speech Acts (Chax Press, 1999), and With­out a Trace (Singing Horse Press, 2001). In addi­tion, Gold­blatt pub­lished two children’s books, Leo Loves Round and Lissa and the Moon’s Sheep, both from Har­bin­ger House in 1990.