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Wendy Williams

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Biography: 

Dr. Wendy R. Williams, Associate Professor of English, is the author of Listen to the Poet: Writing, Performance, and Community in Youth Spoken Word Poetry (2018, University of Massachusetts Press) and numerous articles and chapters. She is currently at work on three book projects: 

  1. Mentoring Youth Writers (monograph) examines a youth writing program administered by college students.
  2. Visual Storytellers (monograph) takes a closer look at college students' work with visual/multimodal narratives such as picturebooks, graphic novels, film, and animation. 
  3. Writing about Food (co-edited collection) explores strategies for using food texts and assignments with students.

While at ASU, Dr. Williams has developed new courses on visual storytelling (ENG 446/520), Studio Ghibli films (ENG 466), children's literature (ENG 473), narrative and arts-based research (ENG 505), and mentoring youth writers (ENG 484/584). She has also taught YA literature (ENG 471), secondary English teaching methods (ENG 480/482), and first-year composition (ENG 101/102). She is developing new courses on writing about food (ENG 394) and 1980s monster movies (ENG 465), which will be offered at the Polytechnic campus in Spring 2023.

Dr. Williams is a member of ASU's Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee (CAPC), chair of NCTE's Achievement Awards in Writing Advisory Committee, and founding director of ASU's Young Authors' Studio program. She has also served as an English Journal column editor and chaired her college's Awards Committee. 

Before earning her Ph.D. in 2015, Dr. Williams taught high school and middle school English in the Phoenix-metropolitan area, trained in Shotokan karate, graduated from SCI's Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts program, cooked at Gregory's World Bistro, and wrote for Arizona Food and Lifestyles Magazine. She enjoys playing the cello, exploring visual narratives, and trying to grow fruit and vegetables in the desert.

Publications: 

 

Books

Monographs in Progress

Williams, W.R. Mentoring Youth Writers.

Williams, W.R. Visual Storytellers.

Co-Edited Collection in Progress

Williams, W.R., & Nicosia, L.M. (Eds.). Writing about Food.

Monograph Published

Williams, W.R. (2018). Listen to the Poet: Writing, Performance, and Community in Youth Spoken Word Poetry. Boston: University of Massachusetts Press. 

 

Articles and Chapters

In Progress

Williams, W.R. (5,000-word manuscript). "Using Visual Storytelling to Support Democratic Approaches to Literacy Instruction." In P. Hartman & J. Spanke (Eds.), Cultivating Democratic Literacy through the Arts: Guiding Preservice Teachers towards Innovative Learning Spaces in ELA Classrooms.

Williams, W.R. (3,000-word manuscript). “Responding to Shakespeare through Multimodal Composition.” In L. Turchi (Ed.), Design and Discomfort: Teachers, Teacher Educators, Theater-Based Educators, and Scholars Collaborate for Anti-Racist Classrooms. 

Williams, W.R. (5,000-word manuscript). "Using Critical Lenses to Make Sense of Children's Literature."

Published

Williams, W.R. (2022). "Expanding What Counts as Writing: Animation in English Language Arts." English Journal, 111(6).

Williams, W.R. (2021). "Reflections on Writing and Teaching: A Study of Five Writing Contest Winners." English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 20(3): 385-397.

Williams, W.R. & ByBee, K.D. (2021). “Visions of the City: Examining Urban Landscapes in Shaun Tan’s Visual Narratives.” In L. Nicosia and J. Nicosia (Eds.), Examining Images of Urban Life: A Resource for Teachers of Young Adult Literature, pp. 151-163. Myers Education Press. 

Williams, W.R. (2020). “Examining Studio Ghibli’s Animated Films: A Study of Students’ Viewing Paths and Creative Projects.” Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 63(6): 639-650.

Williams, W.R. (2020). “Taking Risks with Form.” English Journal, 110(2), 104-106.

Williams, W.R. (2019). “Attending to the Visual Aspects of Visual Storytelling: Using Art and Design Concepts to Interpret and Compose Narratives with Images.” Journal of Visual Literacy, 38(1-2): 66-82.

Williams, W.R. (2019). “Exploring the Art of Spoken Word Poetry with Students: A Sample Unit.” In K. Macro and M. Zoss (Eds.), A Symphony of Possibilities: A Handbook for Arts Integration in Secondary English Classrooms, pp. 36-50. National Council of Teachers of English Press. 

Williams, W.R., & Reid, S.F. (2019). “Young Authors’ Studio: Writing and Learning Together in Arizona.” Literacy Today, 38-39. 

Williams, W.R. (2018). “Attempting Arts Integration: Secondary Teachers’ Experiences with Spoken Word Poetry.” Pedagogies: An International Journal, 13(2), 92-105. 

Williams, W.R. & Blasingame, J. (2017). “Celebrating All Voices: Assuring Diversity in Young Adult Literature.” In J.A. Hayn, J.S. Kaplan, and K.R. Clemmons (Eds.), Teaching Young Adult Literature Today: Insights, Considerations, and Perspectives for the Classroom Teacher, 2nd ed., pp. 223-250. Rowman and Littlefield. 

Williams, W.R. (2017). “Learning from a Teacher-Machine: Terror and Implanted Knowledge in The Prisoner.” In M.M. Dalton and L.R. Linder (Eds.), Screen Lessons: What We Have Learned from Teachers on Television and in the Movies, pp. 59-66. Peter Lang. 

Williams, W.R. (2015). “Every Voice Matters: Spoken Word Poetry in and outside of School.” English Journal, 104(4), 77-82. 

Williams, W.R. (2014). “New Technologies, New Possibilities for the Arts and Multimodality in English Language Arts.” Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE English Language Arts), 14(4), 327-355. 

Williams, W.R. (2014). “Art Does Align with Common Core State Standards.” Language Arts, 92(2), 120. 

Williams, W.R. (2013). “‘Untold Stories to Tell’: Making Space for the Voices of Youth Songwriters.” Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 56(5), 369-379. 

Williams, W.R. (2013). “What’s Cooking in Your YA Literature Class?” In A.P. Nilsen, et al. (Eds.), Literature for Today’s Young Adults (9th ed.), pp. 378-379. Pearson. 

Summer 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 466Studies in International Film
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 473Crit Approaches Children's Lit
ENG 505Narrative Research Methods
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 466Studies in International Film
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 466Studies in International Film
ENG 471Literature for Young Adults
ENG 484Internship
ENG 584Internship
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 446Visual Narratives
ENG 520Visual Narratives
ENG 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 466Studies in International Film
ENG 484Internship
ENG 584Internship
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 446Visual Narratives
ENG 505Narrative Research Methods
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 466Studies in International Film
ENG 473Crit Approaches Children's Lit
ENG 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 446Visual Narratives
ENG 484Internship
ENG 520Visual Narratives
ENG 584Internship
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 505Narrative Research Methods
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 473Crit Approaches Children's Lit
ENG 484Internship
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
ENG 584Internship