Author: Lauren Brentnell

Lauren is a doctoral student in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Her research is within trauma studies, particularly in how trauma survivors use nonlinear, multimodal, and digital forms of composing during recovery.

As a queer academic and a trauma survivor, digital spaces have often been my go-to areas for support, recovery, and community. My process of “coming out” as both queer and a survivor was largely supported through Tumblr, while I also turned to Twitter for conversations about what those identities might mean as a researcher and where to find support while navigating academia. Because of this experience, I want to use my time in the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative to continue these conversations, considering what a digital community can do as well as what forms and possibilities it offers. I’m particularly interested…

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