Missouri-native, Addie Scoggin, is a committed educator, writer, and explorer. As of this fall, she will be living in Dalian, China to teach English Composition at Liaoning Normal University-Missouri State University in the College of International Business. (That’s the longest name, right?) As for her love for teaching and adventure, it whisks her away to countries all over the world. Her most recent teaching adventure, though, landed her the United Arab Emirates, where she taught English language in the Advanced Science Program at Al Dhara Secondary School (an hour from Dubai). In case you can’t tell, Addie ventures beyond the familiar and lives to revel in new experiences. She lives by a simple rule: choose curiosity over fear.
Moreover, Addie has been recognized as a featured author and poet in the online magazine, Literary Juice. In this Q&A, Addie describes how she summons her inspiration to write, where she developed a love for poetry, and why writing, to her, is considered “the unscratchable itch”–among many other things.
With a master’s in Professional Writing from Southeast Missouri State University, Addie has devoted several years of teaching in higher education, including her position as the former Writing Lab Coordinator and adjunct English instructor at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, MO. She continues to study theories of composition and rhetoric pedagogies, but her primary area of study–the one which has captured her heart–is creative nonfiction, specifically travel memoir and neo-confessionalism, which emphasizes the idea that grief memoir is the latest literary phenomenon of surrendering one’s private life in a “tell-all” writing style. The sharing of loss, pain, and desperation is a shock art that Addie finds healing, particularly when it involves travel to help alleviate the pain.
On a personal note, you can find this avid kayaker floating down the muddy, spring-fed rivers in Missouri. Or, if she’s not on the water, she may be running on a remote trail in the woods somewhere. You can find her running and traveling tales in the form of her latest blog posts. However, if you’re more about visual storytelling, you might have more fun watching her amateur GoPro vlogs via her YouTube channel–which she updates, just not as often as she likes. Anyway, thanks for stopping by!