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Phone: 2927
Office: Building 2-210B
E-mail: AThorne@msmu.edu

Ana Thorne

, Creative Writing, Humanities

 

Biography

An alum of Mount Saint Mary's University weekend program, Ana joined the Mount's faculty in 2012.  Since stepping into the role of acting director of the MFA in Creative Writing program, Ana produced the first writer's conference in collaboration with the Women's National Book Association, and initiated partnerships with community organizations such as the Blk Grrrl Book Fair and Women Who Submit.  Ana teaches in both the MA Humanities and Creative Writing programs.

Academic Biography
  • Instructor in creative writing, cultural studies, English, media studies, Africana studies
  • Thesis Advisor and Reader
Teaching Statement

As a lifelong learner, avid reader, writer, and film and television analyst, the opportunity to be in the classroom with adult learners is a perfect fit with the trans-disciplinary and experiential approach that I practice. I encourage students to observe the social order and its intellectual products within a critical, multi-cultural framework that may serve to broaden their individual horizons.  My concern with multiculturalism necessitates the goal of an inclusive learning environment that engenders diverse levels of discussion, questions, and responses.  In the classroom, new titles align with traditional works to provide validation for both.  I advocate a wide-ranging landscape of literature, film, history and biography from which to view the past and consider how that knowledge reflects an emerging global society.  I seek to establish and maintain a progressive pace and timeline in which literature, scenarios, information and individuals connect, recycle, and diverge in the classroom. 

Academic/Personal Interests
  • Creative writing projects that explore issues of identity and family histories
  • Adventure and travel to exotic places on the road less traveled
Research Areas
  • Fiction and non-fiction literature by and about women of color
  • Africana, Latina, and media studies
  • Globalization, cultural landscapes, critical race theory
Conferences
  • 2015, Assn. of American Colleges and Universities, "Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence," San Diego CA
  • 2014, Assn. of Graduate Liberal Studies, "Revolutions: Past, Present & Future, Philadelphia PA
  • 2013, Assn. of Graduate Liberal Studies, "Urban Gateways: Immigration & the Global City," Chicago IL
  • 2012, Assn. for the Study of African-American Life and History 97th Annual Conference, panel participant, "Rethinking Black Identity and Black Spaces," Pittsburgh PA
Favorite Reading
  • Changes: A Love Story by Ama Ata Aidoo
  • Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier
  • Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Love Across Color Lines: Ottilie Assing and Frederick Douglass by Maria Diedrich
  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich
  • One Drop of Blood by Scott Malcomson
  • The Street by Ann Petry
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Juletane by Myriam Warner-Vieyra
Professional Affiliations
  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs.
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc.
  • Women's National Book Assn.
Publications
  • Framing a Blaxicana Identity: A Cultural Ethnography of Family, Race, and Community in the Valley Homes, Lincoln Heights, Ohio, 1955-1960, 2012, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses.
  • "No Thank You, Otto Titzling:" Audemus (Mount St. Mary's College), Vol. 1, Issue 1, Spring 2008 (pgs. 11-27); Santa Fe Writers Project Online Journal (www.sfwp.com), March 2008; Two Hawks Quarterly, Winter 2008.
  • "Arithomaniac: A Personal Commentary," Mount Voices (Mount St. Mary's College), Spring 2004 (pgs. 21-26).
Performances
  • StoryCorps.org, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, recorded conversation/interview "Blaxicana Identity," May 25, 2011.
  • "The Flood," The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler.  V-Day Claremont, 5-6 March 2010.
  • Reading (No Thank You, Otto Titzling), "Literary Uprising," Los Angeles, 20 November 2008; "Rhapsodomancy," Los Angeles, 6 April 2008.
Book Reviews
  • Women's Studies; an inter-disciplinary journal, Vol. 39, No. 3, April-May 2010 (Taylor & Francis).  Vina A. Lanzona, "Amazons of the Hulk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines" (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009).
  • Women's Studies: an inter-disciplinary journal, Vol. 39, No. 6, September 2010 (Taylor & Francis).  Lea A. Williams, "Servants of the People: The 1960's Legacy of African American Leadership," 2nd ed. (Hampshire, England: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009).