Some of the good news from the AWP conference has been about the many compliments on the creative, beautiful cover of #56.  It borders on understatement to say that PR feels very fortunate to have had the photographs of Jody Shipka on #56 as part of the collage created by our graphic designer, Carol Chu. Below, read more about this gifted artist:

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Jody Shipka is an Associate Professor of English at University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she teaches courses in the Communication and Technology Track.

Shipka is the author of Toward a Composition Made Whole and the editor of Play! A Collection of Toy Camera Photographs. Her work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Computers and Composition, Enculturation, Kairos, Text and Talk, and a number of edited collections, including Writing Selves/Writing Societies, Exploring Semiotic Remediation as Discourse Practice, Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres in Student Compositions, and First-Year Composition: From Theory to Practice. She is currently working on a book-length, born-digital project titled To Honor, Rival and Revise: On the Process of Composing Other People’s Lives. Here, Shipka draws on theories of remediation, multimodality, and embodiment to examine a diverse assortment of “memory objects,” such as vintage 8mm home movies, scrapbooks, photo albums, travel diaries and other ephemera found at flea markets, yard sales, and antique stores. The project explores ways that these historically marginalized artifacts might be de- and re-composed in ways that allow us to imagine new potentials for conceiving of archives, authorship, agency, as well as the complex relationship between the living and the dead, between humans and nonhumans.

Read more about her work at her website, remediate this.