SUNY Writes! is a blog-zine for the community of writing educators in the State University of New York system.

The blog is part of an initiative to reach out to and engage SUNY Council on Writing community by also using social media platforms, listserv/mailing list, and conference and task-force connections.

We would greatly appreciate if you could write a blog post for SUNY Writes! We publish teaching reflections, effective pedagogies, critical perspectives, reports from significant events, or similar items in essay/blog post format that are selected through a brief helpful review process.

Please submit your draft (and questions) to Amy Beth Wright at

Below are the SUNY CoW executive board members behind the initiative!

Amy Beth, who curates and edits SUNY Writes! is a Professor of Practice in College Writing at Purchase College. She founded and edits Expose, an online literary magazine publishing the work of students and faculty within the Purchase College Expository Writing department. She is also an essayist and freelance journalist based in New York City. She studied English at Oberlin College, and earned her MFA in Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, focusing on creative nonfiction. Read more of her work at

Joelle Mann is a Lecturer in the Writing Initiative at Binghamton University where she teaches courses on composition, literature, and media and is a contributing editor for the student publication, Binghamton Writes. In 2019, Joelle graduated with her PhD from Stony Brook University, earning advanced graduate certificates in Media, Art and Technology (MACT) and Writing and Rhetoric. She is currently publishing a monograph about the political agency of medial tropes in the contemporary novel, and she has published or forthcoming articles on teaching composition and literature in Critique: Contemporary Studies in Fiction, The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, and The American Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literature.

Katelynn DeLuca is Assistant Professor of English, Composition at SUNY Farmingdale State College located on Long Island, NY where she teaches composition courses, including first-year writing, professional communication, and multimodal composing. Her research focuses on the intersections of class, identity, and the writing classroom, as well as writing in the disciplines and the role of writing at STEM-focused institutions. She advocates for genuine representation of working-class culture within the academy and the prevention of erasure of working-class identities in the writing classroom. Katelynn earned her BA and MA from Stony Brook University and her PhD in English with a concentration in Composition from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. Her recent publications include “Social Class and the Writing Classroom: Two Ways to Help Your Students” (2021) published on Writers Who Care and “Breaking the Silence and Removing the Garb: Revelations from a Working-Class Academic,” published in the edited collection Narratives of Marginalized Identities in Higher Education: Inside and Outside the Academy (Routledge, 2019).


Shyam Sharma is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at the State University of New York in Stony Brook. His scholarship and teaching both focus on writing in the disciplines, professional communication, cross-cultural rhetoric, international students and education, new media in education, and issues about language and language policy. His works have appeared in a variety of venues, including College Composition and Communication, JAC, Across the Disciplines, Composition Studies, NCTE, Series in Writing and Rhetoric, Hybrid Pedagogy, Kairos, and Professional and Academic English (IELTS SIG). His recent book (Routledge, 2018) offers theoretical and practical pathways for the advancement of Writing Studies at the graduate level, using writing support for international graduate students as a major intervention in graduate education. He has written for the broader public through venues including the Chronicle of Higher Education, and he writes an op-ed column on higher education in the Republica, a sister publication of The New York Times published from South Asia. He is a recipient of the Nepal Vidya Bhusan gold medal and the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

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