Welcome! I am Janel Atlas, a PhD candidate of English at the University of Delaware. My research centers on emotion and writing studies, particularly the importance of writing about loss, grief, and trauma. I’m especially interested in writing anxiety and the ways in which a writing practice helps individuals process and grow through difficult experiences.
Before starting graduate studies at UD, I worked as a freelance writer; among my publications for general audiences, I am most proud of my edited collection, They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010).
This site serves as a digital repository for my academic writing, CV, and teaching materials. Feel free to look around to read meditative writing I’ve done about pedagogy and emotion, as well as about how that informs my teaching philosophy.
In addition to being a student and teacher, I am also a mother, partner, friend, runner, writer, adventurer, usefully pushy person, and lover of Brussels sprouts.