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Kamala Platt

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Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Biography: 

Kamala Platt teaches course in Creative Writing, Ethnic American, Chicanx Literature, and Environmental Justice Poetics through ASU Online for the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She previously taught at UTPA (now UTRGV) in far south Texas, where she helped initiate an Environmental Studies Program and currently lives and works on San Antonio’s Westside and spends teaching downtime at the Meadowlark Center in Kansas. 

Her current, interdisciplinary, creative and scholarly work feeding her pedagogical development, responds to environmental, economic, social, and cultural crises, in particular, borderland militarization and domination, and environmental and climate justice concerns. She publishes and performs in scholarly, community and creative venues, that include an online presence.

Her two collections—"Weedslovers: Ten Years in the Shadow of September" (2014) and "On the Line" (2010)— continue to speak to the current “time of great, great hate,” by studying nuances of vantage points on current threats and historicizing those current concerns. For example, resistance to the border wall-building in Texas's RGV, a decade ago, offers cautionary tales against current wall-building. Her work documents and exemplifies a poetics of crisis and of resistance by responding to calamities, violence and injustice experienced in marginalized parts of the region and the planet. 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Texas-Austin 1992 
  • M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Texas-Austin 1988 
  • M.F.A. Creative Writing-Poetry, Bowling Green State University OH.1985 
  • M.A. Interdisciplinary Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL.1982 
  • B.A. Art, International Development, and Religion, Bethel College, North Newton, KS.1987
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 420Multicultural Autobiographies
ENG 457Studies in American Poetry
JHR 484Internship
ENG 484Internship
ETH 484Internship
ENG 494Special Topics
JHR 584Internship
ENG 584Internship
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 210Intro to Creative Writing
ENG 310Intermediate Creative Writing
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 210Intro to Creative Writing
ENG 310Intermediate Creative Writing
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 210Intro to Creative Writing
ENG 310Intermediate Creative Writing
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 210Intro to Creative Writing
ENG 310Intermediate Creative Writing
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 210Intro to Creative Writing
ENG 310Intermediate Creative Writing