I like to make art with folks who might not identify as artists, and write with writers who don’t necessarily identify as writers. I like to cross domains of discourses and practices, to move metaphors into materials, and materials through metaphors.
I like to make with and for my communities and I need a community of practice.
I write with others because I must. Some work doesn’t happen unless others are close.
I have participated in and facilitated arts and writing practices and groups in both formal and informal education environments and have had
participants who were undergraduates, artists, activists, teachers, teenagers, trauma survivors, prisoners, physicians and friends.
My writings have been published in literary journals, peer reviewed research journals, and poetry anthologies and chapbooks. I am also a practicing studio artist and a novice in a Buddhist temple.
If you would find something more academic or formal reassuring, there’s also this:
Dr. Meadow Jones received her PhD from the University of Illinois, where she was consistently recognized as a “Teacher of Excellence” by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Her dissertation, Archiving the Trauma Diaspora: Affective Artifacts in the Higher Education Arts Classroom, is an interdisciplinary investigation and extended case study into the role of material and artistic practices in the redress of trauma. Findings from the case study inform the development of a practical toolkit, which includes the use of critical and contemplative pedagogy together with narrative and artistic production for working creatively with trauma or adverse experiences.