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Patrick Joyner Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer Literature

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(202) 885-2980 (Office)
CAS - Literature
Battelle Tompkins - T43
T, F 2:30 - 3:30 W 1-3 (drop-in) & 3-5 (by appt.)
MFA, 1998, Creative Writing, George Mason University

BA, 1990, Communications, Virginia Tech

Favorite Spot on Campus
The amphitheater
Book Currently Reading
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell; Anagnorisis by Kyle Dargan
Patrick Kelly Joyner began teaching at American University in 2000. His writing courses have thematic links to history, linguistics, psychology, and film. He has presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication ("4Cs") on critical reading, peer review, introversion/extroversion, and term faculty issues. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Wild Violet, The Orange Willow Review, and (in spring 2020) The Virginia Normal. He’s a product of the Northern Virginia suburbs where he lives with his wife and three kids. In his non-teaching hours, he writes, plays music, watches movies, takes long walks, and cheers on the Washington Nationals.
See Also
College Of Arts & Sciences
Literature Department
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Spring 2021

  • WRT-101 College Writing Seminar

  • WRT-101 College Writing Seminar

  • WRT-200 On the Ethics of Rhetoric

Fall 2021

  • WRT-106 College Writing, Intensive

  • WRT-106 College Writing, Intensive

  • WRT-200 Persuasion/Power/Responsiblty