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Nicholas M. Mourning

Part-Time Lecturer/University Writing Center Consultant

Nicholas Mourning Office: Pray-Harrold 613P

Fall 2014: TBD



BA, English and Secondary Education (Major)/Theater and Speech (Minor), Albion College, 2005
MA, Creative Writing, Eastern Michigan University, 2013

Interests and Expertise

Extensive background in creative writing, performance poetry, poet's theater, and collaborative/ensemble performance adaptations.

Background in secondary education with classroom experience in the teaching of English, speech communication, performance studies, theater production, and creative writing/poetry.

Collaboration in youth-enrichment and community arts programs in Calhoun, Ingham, and Washtenaw counties including Poetry Out Loud and 826Michigan.

Research/writing/pedagogical interests include anthropology, ethnography, cartography, auto-narrative and the "writing of self," creative writing in the undergraduate composition classroom, community-based instruction practices, and academic student support services.


ENGL/WRTG120: Composition I: Writing the College Experience
ENGL/WRTG121: Composition II: Researching the Public Experience
WRTG177: Writing in College

University Writing Center Consultant

Recent Publications and Presentations

Conferences and Presentations

This Much is True: An (Auto)Ethnographic Cartography Narrative.  Presenter/Performer, Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Fair, Ypsilanti, Michigan, March 2013.

Muriel Rukeyser Symposium and Centenary Celebration Recital. Presenter/Performer, Alexander Hall, Ypsilanti, Michigan, March 2013.

“The Role of the African-American School Teacher in the Albion Public School System.” Presenter, Elkin Isaac Symposium at Albion College, Albion, Michigan, 2004.

Performances and Publications

This Much is True: An (Auto)Ethnographic Cartography Narrative and Performance. Performer/Writer, Creative Writing Masters Thesis, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, April 2013.

“Konrad Steiner and The New Talkies.” Performer, BathHouse Reading Series, Ypsilanti, Michigan, March 2012.

Adapted for the stage, excerpts from Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. Director, Lab Theatre in Quirk, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, December 2011.

“Our Someone Said That.” Cellar Roots #40. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 2011.

“Rodrigo Toscano and the Collapsible Poetics Theatre.” Performer, Bathhouse Reading Series, Ypsilanti, Michigan, October 2010.

“Emma X Michelle X Heidi Reframed” and “Standard Watson Time.” Cellar Roots #39. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, April 2010.

American Begins: A One-Man Performance Play. Performer/Director, Albion Theatre Workshops, Herrick Theatre, Albion College, April 2005.

“Windy City Pug” and “Atychiphobia.” The Albion Review. Volume 4, Spring 2003, Albion College, Albion, Michigan.

Scholarships and Awards

Distinguished Graduate Student in Creative Writing, English Department of Language and Literature, Creative Writing MA Program, Eastern Michigan University, 2013.

Graduate Assistantship, First-Year Writing Program, English Department of Language and Literature, Eastern Michigan University, 2011.

Robert H. Gildart Creative Writing Awards, First Place: Fiction, Third Place: Poetry, Albion College, 2003.

Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creation (FURSCA), Research Grant, “A Culture and Community of Creation: Establishing an Artist Cooperative through the 'Albion Model',” Albion College, Albion, MI, 2003.

National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)/Lancy Scholar Grant, “Boom, Bust, Recovery: Exploration of Albion, Michigan—The Last Half-Century,” 2003-2004.

Albion College Diversity Award and Trustee Scholarship, Albion College, Albion, MI, 2001

Find me, performance poet/emcee, Mr. Electric Ocean and Like our local performance art community  on Facebook @ Electric Ocean Performance Series