Janelle Adsit

Janelle Adsit
(707) 826-5936
On Sabbatical for Fall 2023

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I teach some of the writing classes at Cal Poly Humboldt, along with courses on environmental and health justice. I'm interested in the role of the arts in activism, advocacy, and health practices.

The books I've published in recent years are primarily meant to support the teaching of creative writing: Writing Intersectional Identities: Keywords for Creative Writers (co-author with Renée Byrd, 2019); Critical Creative Writing: Essential Readings on the Writer's Craft (edited collection, 2018); Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing: Threshold Concepts to Guide the Literary Writing Curriculum (2017). Another book, which was released by Routledge, focuses on mindfulness and contemplative practice, epistemic justice, and the environmental humanities.

I'm currently working on a text titled Creative Writing and Health Care, forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2024.

I also write poetry; books include Unremitting Entrance, which is a meditation on grief in relation to place and environment.

Off campus, I offer writing workshops for community members in healthcare settings. I've recently co-facilitated writing workshops at Hospice of Humboldt with local artist Julie Doerner. 

Specialty Areas

Creative Writing; Environmental Humanities; Narrative Medicine; Health Humanities, Arts in Health


Ph.D. English, State University of New York (SUNY), Albany
Certificate, Narrative Medicine, University of Toronto
Certificate, Arts in Health, University of Florida (in progress)
M.A. English, Colorado State University

Courses Taught

English 311: Creative Writing for Environmental Justice
English 315: Creative Writing: Fiction
English 422: Professional Research Pathways
English 460: Literary Editing and Publishing (Toyon)
English 461: Professional Concerns in Writing & Editing
English 600: Introduction to Graduate Studies
Environmental Studies 480: Health Justice and Climate Justice

Current Graduate Students

Name M.A. Project
Allison Iafrate