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Weinstein, Alexander R

  • Department: English
  • Title: Assistant Professor of English
  • B.A., Naropa University.
  • Phone: 517-264-7697
  • Campus: Adrian
  • Building: Sacred Heart Hall
  • Office #: 312B

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Creative Writing

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Bio

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Assistant Professor of English

Meet Alexander Weinstein

Education

B.A.: English/Creative Writing, Naropa University, 2001
M.A.: English/World Literature, Indiana University, 2011
M.F.A.: English/Creative Writing, Indiana University, 2011

Awards and Distinctions

  • Director: Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing
  • Carl Ziegler Outstanding Instructor Award, Indiana University, 2010
  • T.C. Steele Indiana State Historic Site Artist in Residence, 2009
  • Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, Indiana University, 2008
  • Ernest Hemingway Fellowship in Fiction, Indiana University, 2005

Special interests

Jazz, piano and guitar, experimental literature, cooking, Danish culture, world spirituality
 
Teaching philosophy

"Writing should be enjoyable, and underlying my teaching philosophy is a sense of play. I invite students to take pleasure from the process, and I highlight the importance of writing not only as an art form and scholarly endeavor, but as an attempt to put personal experience into words. As I often tell my students, we all have important stories to tell. One of the writer’s roles is to translate the stories of humanity’s joys and struggles into his/her own personal language. My role as a teacher is to provide the tools and confidence to do so effectively."

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