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Welcome to (De)Composing Dis/Ability by Jennifer Polish

Hello, and welcome to my web-space for exploring literature, teaching, writing, and the teaching of writing (I will endeavor to keep this online forum better organized than my various scrawl-marked notebooks).

An assortment of my writing notebooks on a bookshelf, accompanied by several published texts: these texts include the Students' Right to their Own Language Critical Sourcebook; Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye; Corrine Duyvis's Otherbound; Jewelle Gomez's Don't Explain; and Veronica Roth's Cuatro.

An assortment of my writing notebooks on a bookshelf, accompanied by several published texts. Photo by Jennifer Polish

I am an instructor of first year composition at CUNY Queens College while pursuing my PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center.

As a teacher, I am dedicated to student-centered pedagogical practices that create writing environments meant to affirm students’ own expertise while encouraging critical thinking and growth.

As a researcher, interests include affective whiteness in writing classrooms and the intersections of dis/ability, race, and trauma in children’s literature and media.

I am currently working on my first novel, a queer YA fantasy, the writing process for which is intimately informed by both my teaching and academic research.

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