Volume 21, Number 3, Autumn 2004

Roger Graves

Heather Graves


DePaul University



From the Editors’ Desktops

Fresh off a lesson in how easy it is to take for granted the work of the past editors of the Inkshed Newsletter, we’ve become aware of a number of items that we’d previously been blissfully unaware of and think merit some discussion.

  • Should we establish and publicize a formal review policy? This would give those of our community who desire and need it an option that they could request; a note explaining that the manuscript in question had been reviewed in this way would be attached to the published article.
  • Should we re-establish a print edition? Have you read the Newsletter lately? Would you be more likely to read it more thoroughly or at all if it came to you rather than you going to view or print it? The editors are of two minds about this, and we’d be interested in hearing what others have to say about it.
  • When authors quote student work, should the names of the students be changed to preserve anonymity?
  • Is it e-mail or email? How about inkshedders or Inkshedders? /Potayeto/ or /potahto/ (we’ll defer to the PEI members on this one)?

Email the CASLL list with your comments or, better still, take a position and write a short piece for the Newsletter.

This issue contains words worth your time. Jim Gough writes about reading, and specifically about how the writing and reading dynamic has evolved in his Women and Philosophy course. Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier leads us towards zen-like insights waiting for students at the Saint Francis Xavier writing center. Margaret Procter explains why Gerald Graff would call Chicago students (and others) clueless. Carl Leggo explores the alphabet as a scaffolding strategy in three poems. Russ Hunt takes another kick at the Microsoft can, with Amanda Goldrick-Jones contributing her own dent or two.

We hope you’ll peruse two other items as well: Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier’s invitation to participate in a research study, and the call for papers for Inkshed 22.


Roger Graves

Heather Graves



The Writer becomes the Reader and the Reader becomes the Writer