Four New Faces
G’Ra Asim received his MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University in 2018. Most recently, he worked as Writing Director at the African American Policy Forum at Columbia Law School. His first book, Boyz n the Void: A Mixtape to My Brother (forthcoming from Beacon Press in 2021), blends music criticism, cultural criticism, and personal essay and explores race, gender, class, and sexuality as they pertain to participating in punk rock and straight edge culture. “For my students, I want to convey this sense that art is in a continuous, eternal conversation with other art, so that they might thoughtfully carve out a place for themselves within it."
For the past few years, Megan Graham has been an assistant professor of Writing at Ithaca College, where she teaches academic writing, argument, personal essay, and academic writing for non-native speakers. During her PhD program at Cornell, her research focused on experimental nonfiction and queer life-writing; since then, her research interests have expanded to include digital literacies and the pedagogy of disability. As an organizer for the IC Contingent Faculty Union, she brings a ground-level understanding of activism, consensus-building, and argumentation into her classroom, in which she helps her students develop the writing skills to change the world around them. We're so glad to have Megan with us in a new, continuing position.
Rajpreet Heir received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction in 2016 from George Mason University. After graduating, she spent four years working in New York City, first at Getty Images and then TED Conferences. Rajpreet has published nonfiction in both commercial and literary venues including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Brevity, The Normal School, The Harvard Review, and others. Her essays often mix the personal with the political and approach difficult topics with humor, and are are part of a book-in-progress entitled Indian in Indiana.
Priya Sirohi is a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric & Composition in the English Department at Purdue University, specializing in rhetorical history, public rhetoric, and theory & cultural studies. Her dissertation uncovers histories of globalization rhetoric through the corporate archives of the seventeenth-century English East India Company. For the past seven years, she’s been teaching introductory composition and professional writing at Purdue, as well as tutoring at the Writing Lab and developing content for the Purdue OWL. Her teaching focuses heavily on using writing to empower students by connecting them to their identities, their peers, and their larger civic environment.