I am an Art and Special Educator, as well as sometime artist and musician. I have taught for Community High School of Vermont, a high school for Vermont adult prisoners, for the past 15 years. This is where many of the Emotionally/Behaviorally Disabled students that I was trained to teach tend to spend some time. I have taught just about every subject to these students, including Literature. This has included a few goes at Bartleby, as well as one complete in-class reading of Moby Dick. Here in Vermont I enjoy nordic skiing, gravel biking, and gardening which tends toward farming. I love Moby Dick. It’s a rich and varied fountain of so much, new and fresh upon each return to it. I am completely enraptured by its sprawling form, ecstatic language, and continuing artistic and political relevance. Through my participation in this Institute I hope to gain momentum for teaching more Melville, as well as to clarify some of my ideas for a Moby Dick art project which I once began but has lain dormant for many years. I am thrilled to be shipped on this particular voyage, looking forward to meeting and learning from, and together with, the crew.