Eric Piotrowski, author of Cancel the Apocalypse and Class Consciousness
A Room of One's Own welcomes back local author Eric Piotrowski, author of (most recently) Cancel the Apocalypse and Class Consciousness!
Cancel The Apocalypse: Thoughts from an Anarchist Afrocentric Feminist Nonviolent Revolutionary is a collection of essays about politics in the real world. With an activist's eye, Wisconsin educator Eric Piotrowski lays out a schema for understanding the political dimensions of everything from history to video games. Aimed at teens but valuable for anyone interested in how the world works, the text shares perspectives from two decades of organizing work.
Class Consciousness: Ten Things Every New Teacher Should Know (and Veteran Teachers Should Remember) is a guide to becoming a teacher the students will remember. Drawing from two decades in the classroom, Piotrowski provides no-nonsense prescriptions for inspiring students, overcoming common difficulties, and teaching for justice. With chapters such as "The Ten Commandments of Teaching" and "Forms Can Save Your Life", the book combines nuanced reflections, humor, and references to popular culture, offering food for thought to all educators — old and new.
Eric S. Piotrowski teaches in Sun Prairie and lives in Madison. For 20 years he has been an educator at Sun Prairie High School, where he has taught Creative Writing, AP English Literature & Composition, and a course he designed called Interdisciplinary Poetics: Hip-Hop 101. A lifelong political activist, he has been involved with struggles against racism, sexist violence, poverty, and war. In 1999 he served as Assistant US Coordinator for the International Federation for East Timor's Observer Project. His work has appeared in The English Journal, The 3288 Review, and other publications.