John Paul Walter

Teacher, Student, and Writer in Silver Spring, Maryland

John Paul Walter

Teacher, Student, and Writer in Silver Spring, Maryland

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I'm Ph.D. student in the Writing and Rhetoric program at GMU, a student in the Digital Curation Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Maine, and a Founding Associate and editor, writer, and project manager with The Cooler Minds, LLC.

I study and teach the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and culture, with particular interests in digital rhetoric and composition, digital humanities, media ecology/orality-literacy studies, medieval rhetoric and poetics, and the practices and technologies of memory.

I serve on the Editorial Board of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and have served on and been co-chair of the CCCC Committee for Computers in Composition and Communication. From 2004-2007, I was a processing archivist for Saint Louis University’s Walter J. Ong Manuscript Collection.

In my spare time, I tinker with Arduinos, handmade books, paper-based electronics, and mandolin; read science fiction and fantasy; and, after a nearly 19-year hiatus, I've returned to playing Dungeons and Dragons.

I live in the Washington, DC area with my wife and teenager, while dreaming of living part-time in western Massachusetts or back home in western Colorado.

Image of Spouting Rock, above Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs, CO.

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