Call me Andy Hall.
I am currently a PhD student in English at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. I am planning to focus on Creative Writing Pedagogy, although the program here is a hearty balance of linguistics, literature, and rhetoric. I have an M.F.A. from Antioch University Los Angeles, and an M.A. from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and both are in Creative Writing. My aesthetics are pretty wide as I started reading poetry at coffeehouse open mics in Las Vegas when I was a teenager. I also have a background in Slam Poetry, which allows me to integrate my entertainer rock star fantasy into my poems, but currently, I am hoping to stay afloat in the three heady academic courses I am slooging through, and I am also teaching three composition courses over at Illinois Central College in Peoria. Whew! So forgive me if I am slow to respond... You can get a good sense of my style from watching a video in a recent post on my lj or myspace blog: same username... What else... I lost 100 pounds, and I am a space cadet, hermit, and Unitarian-Universalist. Glad to meet you all.