Matthew James Vechinski joined the Department of Focused Inquiry in 2013. He teaches traditional and service-learning sections of UNIV 200 as well as UNIV 112 and ENGL 215. His teaching draws on his interest in process-based writing instruction, communication design, and service-learning. He currently serves on the VCU Service-Learning Advisory Council and the executive board of the Reception Study Society. His research often centers on authors’ relationships with editors and publishers, with a particular focus on writers of short fiction for American periodicals. Some of his recent scholarship explores contemporary constraint-based fiction and other literary forms informed by conceptual art. He has also written on design, collecting, and technology. He earned his PhD in English and Textual Studies from the University of Washington, where he also taught writing and literature courses for several years.
“Staging the Reception of American Ethnic Authors in Women’s Popular Magazines: Encountering Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club Stories in Seventeen and Ladies Home Journal.” Reception Study and Cultural Diversity. Special issue of Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History 7 (2015): 45-63.
“Kathy Acker as Conceptual Artist: In Memoriam to Identity and ‘Working Past Failure.’” Style [Northern Illinois University] 47.4 (Winter 2013): 525-42.
“The Design of Fiction and the Fiction of Design: Revisiting the Idea of Literature Through the Study of Design.” Textual Practice 27.2 (2013): 269-93.
“Collecting, Curating, and the Magic Circle of Ownership in a Postmaterial Culture.” Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices, and the Fate of Things. Ed. Kevin M. Moist and David Banash. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press (Rowman & Littlefield), 2013.