JOE HALL

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painted, folded, planted, potted, filed, typed // 1996-2000 plant nursery worker $8.25/hr / rent? no // drilled, stacked, stocked, swept, washed, graded, input, transcribed, rung out, boxed, hauled, loaded, reported // 2001 summer intern, government $10/hr / rent? n // dumped, commented // Writer // Joe is the author of three collections of poetry: Someone’s Utopia, The Devotional Poems, and Pigafetta Is My Wife (Black Ocean  2013 & 2010). With Chad Hardy, he co-authored The Container Store Vols I & II (SpringGun 2012). With Cheryl Quimba, he co-authored May I Softly Walk (Poetry Crush 2014). With Ryan Kaveh Sheldon and Angela Veronica Wong, he participates in Hostile Books, a publishing collective dedicated to radical materiality. He has done readings at universities, bars, squats and rivers in most of the 50 states as well as Canada and Washington, DC. // lesson planned, conferenced, copied, lectured, bleached, discussion-led // 2002 summer dishwasher, waiter, food prep $8/hr + tips / rent? n // wiped, sliced, baked, served //  // 2003 winter shipping plant worker $13/hr / rent? n // punched-in, pitched, searched, combed, sorted // 2003 portable sawmill operator $12/hr / rent? y // emailed, mailed, taxi-ed, wheelbarrowed, dried, scrubbed, received, counted out, called, took orders // 2004 industrial printing press $11.50/hr / rent? y // Teacher // Hall has taught community based creative writing workshops through the Worker Center in Buffalo and Just Buffalo Literary Center. He has a decade of university teaching experience including introductory, intermediate, and advanced creative writing workshops as well as environmental literature.  // ordered, wiped down, served, listened, looked-up // 2004 production assistant $15/hr / rent? y // informed, admonished, ejected, welcomed, pruned, made change // 2004-2005 patent annuity payment specialist $30k/yr / rent? y // edged, sprayed, waited, downloaded, shredded, smiled, locked-up, fed // 2005-2007 graduate teaching assistant, $13k/yr / rent? y // watered // Researcher // In 2018, Hall received a PhD in Literature from the University at Buffalo, SUNY upon completion of his dissertation on liquid commons in eighteenth-century literature. The Journal of Post Colonial Studies published his article on figures of water and waste in Palestinian literature. He has another article forthcoming in Eighteenth-Century Fiction. // rolled, introduced, cling-wrapped, salted // 2008-2009 secretary $26k/yr / rent? y // buttered, recommended, forwarded, chainsawed, triaged, netted, stomped // 2009 fall adjunct instructor $7k / rent? y // chucked, spread, converted, uploaded // 2010 spring adjunct instructor $8k / rent? y // saved, tallied, packed // 2010 summer unemployed / rent? n // responded, unpacked, set-up, broke-down // 2010 fall  – 2012 spring adjunct instructor $12k / rent? y // handed out, collected // 2010 summer – 2012 summer sat tutor $100-200/week / rent? y // diagramed, called on // Bassist for Joyous Shrub, a 3 piece surf punk outfit. // fall 2012 – spring 2014 graduate teaching assistant $19k / rent? y // summers 2012 – 2014 precollege instructor $4k/one week / rent? n // fall 2015 graduate teaching assistant and adjunct instructor 50+ hrs/wk $25k / rent? y // spring 2016 adjunct instructor $7k / rent? y // summer 2016 unemployed / rent? y // fall 2016 fellowship $10k / rent? y // spring 2017 graduate teaching assistant $6500 / rent? y // summer – fall 2017 test proctor $17/hr (20 hrs) / rent? y // fall 2017 – spring 2018 worker center $20/hr (20 hrs) / rent? y // march 2018 nervous breakdown? // april – june 2018 unemployed / rent? y // june – dec 2018 bookstore $15.15/hr (20 hrs) / rent? y // aug – july library $21/hr (20-27 hrs/wk) / rent? y // july cbd farm $15/hr (8 hrs/wk) / rent y // aug – present adjunct $3000/class x 2 (30+ hrs/week) / rent? n / mortgage y // landscaper $20/hr (intermittent)

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