Ames Hawkins is a writer, educator, and art activist. An Associate Professor in the Department of English at Columbia College Chicago, and practitioner of collaboration as a radical act, Ames teaches and co-teaches courses in First Year Writing, Cultural Studies, and Literature. Her most recent creative and critical work appears in Computers and Composition Online, Slag Glass City,The Feminist Wire, and Water~Stone Review. She served as curator and co-editor of the Lambda Literary Foundations 25th Anniversary 2103 eBook Collection, 25 for 25: An Anthology of Works by 25 Outstanding Contemporary Authors and Those They Inspired. Ames is currently working on the installation/book project, These Are Love Letters: e, l, o, s, t, r, v, and is co-host and co-producer of Masters of Text(mastersoftext.com), a scholarly podcast exploring alternative alphabetic texts and creative-critical scholarship.