Creative Nonfiction, Literature, First Year Writing
Rose Blouin has been a faculty member in Columbia's English Department since 1986. In addition to serving as Faculty Advisor to the English Department nonfiction publication, South Loop Review, she teaches Creative Nonfiction: Journal Writing and other courses in the Creative Nonfiction program. She has also taught Introduction to Literature: African-American Literature, Introduction to Multicultural Literature, Writing & Rhetoric I and II, including developmental, CAI, and Community Service sections. American Authors seminars focusing on Toni Morrison and Zora Neale Hurston.
Rose writes, "in addition to the courses I teach at Columbia, I also teach meditation and journal writing workshops (based on twenty-three years of practicing both disciplines) in a variety of settings, including community centers, Chicago public schools and area colleges and universities. I also facilitate spiritual retreats for women. In connection with my pursuit of spiritual understanding, I've worked with Alberto Villoldo, psychologist and anthropologist trained in the Inca shamanic tradition, and completed Advanced Medicine Wheel studies with him.
"As a professional photographer, I specialize in black and white fine art and documentary work, and my photography has been exhibited throughout the Chicago area including the DuSable Museum, the State of Illinois Art Gallery, Isobel Neal Gallery and the Evanston Arts Center. I've been a member of 'Sapphire & Crystals,'an African-American women artists' collective, since 1987. My photographic work has been supported by a Chicago Council on Fine Arts Grant, and I've been a COFA Community Arts Assistance Grants panelist in photography.
"As a faculty member at Columbia, I enjoy teaching and facilitating student learning. My perception is that Columbia's students are the most important aspect of my job, and I always carry a sense of appreciation for the unique students who choose to attend Columbia, and the vision and perspective they bring to the classroom."
Recently, Rose has also explored color photography and has exhibited and sold her work in various venues.
Office Location: English Department, 300-I, 3rd floor, 33 E. Congress
Office Phone: 312-369-8112.
Department of English
Columbia College of Chicago
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605