Kristin LaFollette is a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric & Writing program at Bowling Green State University where she recently completed a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She received a BA and an MA in English and creative writing from Indiana University (South Bend). Her research interests include creative writing, transgenre composing (intersecting art and writing), and feminist and queer theories. As a person of Cherokee heritage, Kristin is also interested in cultural rhetorics and, specifically, American Indian studies. Her dissertation uses arts-based and queer approaches to advocate for the use of art in writing studies scholarship and teaching. At BGSU, she has taught courses in first-year composition and intermediate writing, served as a Program Assistant for the General Studies Writing program, and has assisted with developing the English department website. In addition, she also teaches English and humanities courses online for Indiana Institute of Technology.
As a creative-critical scholar, Kristin has had her poetry featured in various literary journals and magazines, including West Trade Review, Poetry Quarterly, and Bridge Eight. She was featured in the anthology Ohio’s Best Emerging Poets (Z Publishing) and won the grand prize in the 2017 GFT Press Chapbook Contest for her manuscript, Body Parts. Her chapbook was published by GFT Press in March 2018. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she has had her art featured and/or showcased in/at multiple literary journals, magazines, and venues. She has book reviews, journal articles, and a book chapter featured in or forthcoming from The Journal of Teaching Writing, American Indian Quarterly, Peitho, Feminist Spaces, Art/Research International, and Queer Affective Literacy: Fostering Critical Emotional Sensibilities in the Classroom. Kristin has presented her research at various regional and national conferences, including the Thomas R. Watson Conference, Computers and Writing, Feminisms and Rhetorics, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Kristin currently lives in northwest Ohio with her husband, Justin, and their greyhound, Ruby Soho. In her free time, she enjoys photography and searching for and collecting antiques. You can visit her on her blog, photography website, or you can check out her digital humanities capstone project for the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies certificate at BGSU. More information about Kristin’s chapbook, Body Parts, can be found here.