Kristin LaFollette

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Kristin LaFollette received an M.A. in creative writing from Indiana University South Bend and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing studies from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH). She is a professor at the University of Southern Indiana where she teaches courses on writing, rhetoric, and gender/sexuality studies. She is the co-editor and co-author of Queer Approaches: Emotion, Expression, and Communication in the Classroom (Information Age Publishing, 2020), and her recent scholarship can be found in the Journal of Basic Writing, the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, and Art/Research International. In addition to her role as a teacher and scholar, Dr. LaFollette is a poet and essayist. She also has an avid interest in anatomy and medicine, and she once worked in a hospital and pursued a degree in pre-medicine to become a medical doctor. Now, as a writer, much of her work is at the intersection of medicine and the humanities. She is the author of Hematology (winner of the 2021 Harbor Editions Laureate Prize), a collection of poetry about the body, blood, family connections, and identity. She is also the author of Body Parts (winner of the 2017 GFT Press Chapbook Contest), a collection of poetry with similar themes. She is currently working on a poetry project tentatively titled Intern Year. The poems focus on her experiences working in various hospital and clinical settings during an internship program for students in the medical field.