32: Deanna Benjamin

On this episode of the pod, Rob sits down with Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and Senior Lecturer in the College Writing Program & University CollegeDr. Deanna Benjamin. We talk about Dr. Benjamin’s roles in advising current students and highlighting the work of young writers all over the WashU campus in her role as Co-Chair of the McLeod First-Year Writing Prize, an annual prize that recognizes student writing that addresses race, gender, and/or identity. We talk about her love of her students and delve into discussing her past life as a thespian working on stage lighting, her undergrad studies at University of Houston and grad work at Arizona State, and her work as a copy runner and copy editor for the Houston Post newspaper that allowed her to literally say “stop the presses!” on one occasion.