Jason Peters

Jason Peters professes English at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where he pines for the mysterious and musical tea-colored trout streams of his native Michigan, whither he intends to repatriate someday to ride out the Long Emergency by raising chickens, making beer, and writing a novel of Russian proportions about an English professor who tries to get fired but can’t.  (See a real-life attempt here.)

Meanwhile, he won't disdain to teach both British and American literature, mostly before 1900, and devise as many schemes as necessary to avoid being named chairman of the English department.  Such schemes include enslaving undergraduates to work on a local farm, to renovate houses for low-energy use, and to participate in urban improvement programs, some of which can be read about in Local Culture, a journal by and for undergraduates, which he serves as faculty advisor.

His less-important work (unless you're using industry standards, which you shouldn't) has appeared in such places as the ­Sewanee Review, the South Atlantic Quarterly, English Language Notes, Explicator, American Notes and Queries, Christianity and Literature, Orion, First Principles, University Bookman, and the Journal of Religion and Society. He is also the editor of Wendell Berry: Life and Work (University Press of Kentucky 2007). Currently he is building a fly rod and juggling too many writing projects, including an account of the repatriation efforts (tentatively titled Dispatches from Dumb-Ass Acres, by a Dumb Ass), another book on Wendell Berry, yet another on food (tentatively titled The Culinary Plagiarist), and yet another on that neglected genius, Owen Barfield.

He has tried to break a life-long debilitating addiction to basketball but has been woefully unsuccessful to say the least. His own opinion of himself is that he excels at abuse and limericks, though others have suggested that he’s merely mean and witless.

Peters lives in Rock Island while school is in session. Otherwise he lives at Dumb-Ass Acres with his longsuffering wife, their three children, and his two arthritic knees.

See books written and recommended by Jason Peters.

Sheep May Unsafely Graze

Rock Island, IL I expect many FPR readers saw William Deresiewicz’s piece, “The Neoliberal Arts: How College Sold Its Soul to the Market,” in the September issue of Harper’s. Here are two passages excerpted from the ...

Did You Offend Anyone on Halloween?

Institutions of Higher Dread can help you find out. How’s this for an “identity crisis”: you have to go off the flowcharts to find people whom the flowcharts offend. I’m feeling so marginalized that I just might have...

Free Inquiry …

and open debate are alive and well in Higher Ed. Soon many of us are going to have to find more honest ways of securing our daily bread.