Linda A. Shkreli holds a PhD in Communication Studies from Louisiana State University, with an area focus in performance studies. She specializes in stage composition and performance pedagogy. Her current research interests include designing performance-based strategies for the writing classroom, interdisciplinary oral history applications, and the crossroads of artist-academic identities. Her recent and in-progress conference presentations include research on mediated essay composition, Louisiana coastal and cultural preservation through oral history, Taryn Simon’s critical photography, and the land art of Roden Crater.
In addition to teaching writing, she has taught poetry and narrative performance, literary stage adaptation, community theater and social change, cultural studies, and rhetorical discourse. She has trained, written, and performed for workshops and festivals in New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Berlin. She is currently working on a photo-poetry collage inspired by Guy Debord’s concept of psychogeography and the lyrical landscapes of New Orleans.