Presentation Title

P-04 From the Academy to the Airwaves: Essaying with National Public Radio’s “Listener Commentary” Community at WVPE-FM 88.1 Elkhart, IN

Presenter Information

Beverly Matiko, Andrews University

Presenter Status

Department of English and Department of Communication

Location

Buller Hallway

Start Date

31-10-2014 1:30 PM

End Date

31-10-2014 3:00 PM

Presentation Abstract

As a twenty-two-year resident of the United States, I have found myself drawn to the spaces that National Public Radio makes for the genre that is the subject of my doctoral dissertation and much of my teaching-the essay. Six months ago, I decided to take my expertise from the academy to the airwaves by embarking on a creative research project that involves interrogating my own experience for subject matter. I resolved to act on a belief that I share with nonfiction prose writer Annie Dillard: “What a marvel it [is] that so many times a day the world, like a church bell, remind[s] me to recall and contemplate the durable fact that I [am] here ...” (An American Childhood 17). To date, three of my essays-”Levi,” “Summertime and the Livin’ is Easily Misunderstood,” and “With a Birthday Bee in my Bonnet”-- have been written, recorded, and broadcasted; a fourth, “Oak à la Home” is pending.

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P-04 From the Academy to the Airwaves: Essaying with National Public Radio’s “Listener Commentary” Community at WVPE-FM 88.1 Elkhart, IN

Buller Hallway

As a twenty-two-year resident of the United States, I have found myself drawn to the spaces that National Public Radio makes for the genre that is the subject of my doctoral dissertation and much of my teaching-the essay. Six months ago, I decided to take my expertise from the academy to the airwaves by embarking on a creative research project that involves interrogating my own experience for subject matter. I resolved to act on a belief that I share with nonfiction prose writer Annie Dillard: “What a marvel it [is] that so many times a day the world, like a church bell, remind[s] me to recall and contemplate the durable fact that I [am] here ...” (An American Childhood 17). To date, three of my essays-”Levi,” “Summertime and the Livin’ is Easily Misunderstood,” and “With a Birthday Bee in my Bonnet”-- have been written, recorded, and broadcasted; a fourth, “Oak à la Home” is pending.