Ryan Leack

B.A. English. Emphasis: Creative Writing, California State University, Long Beach: 2008
M.A. English. Options: Rhetoric and Composition, Literature, Teaching ESL. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona: 2012
Ryan’s CV

Research Areas:

Rhetorical theory, responsivity, quantum physics, spatial writing theories, critical-democratic pedagogy, geography and identity, autoethnographic writing, discourse communities

Research Interests:

While research interests vary with a promiscuous mind, my current interests are rooted in critical theory, philosophies of space and place, and spatial writing theories. I am interested in how providing first-year composition students with more “space” in the classroom might enable them to disrupt stagnation and hegemony within composition and neighboring fields, thus affording more avenues for exploring spatialized writing theories and writing as a placemaking technology. Such avenues, as Sidney Dobrin agrees, come in part through student experience; thus, I am investigating students’ potential to bring about (r)evolution in the postcomposition turn. In this vein, I am discovering how autoethnography, a focus on image, and critical-democratic pedagogy might not only enable growth in composition and poetics, but in teachers’ and individuals’ ability alike to better “inhabit place and encounter difference,” as Nedra Reynolds suggests, thus facilitating more interdisciplinary, student-teacher-citizen dialectics.

Underlying foundations of my research, in addition to those above, are discourse communities, identity theories, poststructuralist rhetoric, postcomposition/postprocess studies, and geographical writing theories. While there are many avenues to be explored at such intersections, on the whole, I hope to better connect space, place, culture, and writing, and perhaps find a way to integrate my passion for poetry and inhabitation of words. Among all, I believe Gaston Bachelard will enable me to do so, with a bit of help from ancient Chinese poets.

Recent Activity:

Published Essays

“Ecocentering the Self: Thoreau, William Howitt, and the Environmental Imagination,” book chapter in Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins and Legacies, Lexington Books, 2016.

Published Poetry

“How to Get Your Wife to Leave You,” Westwind, 37, UCLA, Fall 2015.

“Magic Mirror,” Strong Verse, Retrieved from http://www.strongverse.org/index.html. 2012.

“When You Left Dad,” “A Midwinter Night’s Sleep,” Word River 4/1, 23-25, 2012.

“Replanting Perfection,” “Straw Hat Man,” “Sugar Bear,” “Finite Reflections,” “That Last Thought,” Wilderness House Literary Review 6/4, Retrieved from http://www.whlreview.com/no-6.4/poetry/RyanLeack.pdf. 2012.

“Where God Is,” A Few Lines Magazine 1, 16-17, 2011.

“No Say I Love You,” A Few Lines Magazine 1, 45, 2011.

“Escape to Recollection,” Pif Magazine 53, Retrieved from http://www.pifmagazine.com/2011/04/escape-to-recollection/. 2011.

“The Bus Stop Girl,” Contemporary World Literature 5, Retrieved from http://contemporaryworldliterature.com/?p=1478. 2011.

“The Conductor,” Contemporary World Literature 5, Retrieved from http://contemporaryworldliterature.com/?p=1474. 2011.

Recent Presentations

“An Event on the Horizon: Gertrude Stein & Quantum Physics,” paper at EcoMaterialisms, University of California, Davis, May 13, 2016.

“Althusser to Foucault: Moving to the Exterior of Ideology and Discourse,” guest lecture for Prof. Keith Harris, Introduction to Critical Perspectives, UC Riverside, May 3, 2016.

“From Chaos to Cosmos, and Back: Spatializing Writing Theories and Displacing Hegemonies,” paper at New Directions, University of Arizona, April 22, 2016.

“From Chaos to Cosmos, and Back: Spatializing Writing Theories and Displacing Hegemonies,” paper atAbstraction, University of California, Irvine, March 11, 2016.

“An Event on the Horizon: Gertrude Stein & Quantum Physics,” paper at (dis)junctions, University of California, Riverside, November 3, 2015.

“Ecocentering the Self: Thoreau, William Howitt, and the Environmental Imagination,” book chapter at Natures, La Sierra University, Riverside CA, February 13th, 2015.

“The ‘Defective and Disqualified Consumer’: Sylvia Plath, Existentialism, and the Proto- Neoliberal Regime,” paper at PAMLA, Riverside, CA, October 31st, 2014.

“From Chaos to Cosmos, and Back: Spatializing Writing Theories and Displacing Hegemonies,” paper at Southern California Rhetoric & Composition Symposium, UCI, CA, May 3, 2013.

“The Soul’s (Im)mortal Journey: Philosophical Intersections in Wordsworth’s ‘Ode’ and Phaedrus,” project at Cal Poly Pomona Graduate Symposium, CA, June 1, 2012.

“Bridging Expectational Gaps: Reviving Rhetoric in High School English Composition,” project at Southern California Rhetoric & Composition Research Symposium, UCI, CA, May 4, 2012.

“What Discourse Is and What Discourse Does: Facilitating Transitive Consciousness with Connectivity and Reflectivity,” paper at Young Rhetorician’s Conference, CA, June 23-25, 2011.

“Promoting Conscientization: The Interrelatedness of Media, Identity, and Ideological Signifiers,” paper at the Cal Poly Pomona Graduate Symposium, CA, June 3, 2011.

“Language Acquisition Between Cultures: Strategies for Improving Phonological Awareness,” panel at TESOL Convention, New Orleans, LA, March 16-19, 2011.

Select Honors

Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2013

Outstanding Rhetoric & Composition Graduate Student, Cal Poly, 2012

Ted Pugh Poetry Prize, Cal Poly Pomona, 2011

President’s Council Scholarship, Cal Poly Pomona, 2010

Ted Pugh Poetry Prize Honorable Mention, Cal Poly Pomona, 2010

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, 2009

Pi Lambda Theta Direct Honors, 2008

President’s Honor List, Cal State Long Beach, 2008

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Scholarship, 2006

Affiliations

Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA)

College Composition and Communication (CCCC)

Association for the Study of Literature & Environment (ASLE)

Young Rhetoricians (YRs)

Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Service

Interview, “Filling the Blankhs” (Student Community), Conversation on Philosophy as a Way of Life with Nikhil Gowda, University of California, Riverside, 2016

Panel Moderator, “I’m Naked Around You: Epistemology and the Technology of the Self,” (dis)junctions: Strange Bedfellows, University of California, Riverside, 2015

Guest Speaker, “Life After Graduation: Stories from Recent EFL Alums,” CPP, 2015

Guest Speaker, “Applying to Ph.D. Programs Workshop,” Cal Poly Pomona, 2014

Guest Speaker, “English Graduate Orientation,” Cal Poly Pomona, 2014

Guest Speaker, “Applying to Ph.D. Programs Workshop,” Cal Poly Pomona, 2013

Coordinator, Cal Poly Pomona Graduate Symposium, 2012

EPT Administrator, Cal Poly Pomona, 2012