Accessibility Tools

Nowhere Near the Line

Pain and Possibility in Teaching and Writing

by Elizabeth Boquet

Paperback Price $6.95
Ebook Price $4.95

Buy Now

Current Arguments in Composition Series
“As I read it, I imagined how Beth's work might aid my students in making that most critical connection between their teaching lives and the practice of teaching peace.”

—Frankie Condon, author of I Hope I Join the Band and coauthor of The Everyday Writing Center


“When I was starting College Presidents for Gun Safety, one of the concerns I heard was the idea that there were just too many issues on which to articulate an opinion. Where would it stop? Where would we draw the line? . . . In light of this latest tragedy, on a college campus that could have been any of ours, I would say: ‘We are nowhere near the line yet.’” (Lawrence Schall, quoted in “Tragedy at Umpqua,” by Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed, October 2, 2015)

In this short work, Elizabeth Boquet explores the line Lawrence Schall describes above, tracing the overlaps and intersections of a lifelong education around guns and violence, as a student, a teacher, a feminist, a daughter, a wife, a citizen and across the dislocations and relocations that are part of a life lived in and around school. Weaving narratives of family, the university classroom and administration, her husband’s work as a police officer, and her work with students and the Poetry for Peace effort that her writing center sponsors in the local schools, she recounts her efforts to respond to moments of violence with a pedagogy of peace. “Can we not acknowledge that our experiences with pain anywhere should render us more, not less, capable of responding to it everywhere?” she asks. “Compassion, it seems to me, is an infinitely renewable resource.”


Elizabeth H. Boquet is professor of English and director of the Writing Center at Fairfield University. She is the coauthor of The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice and author of Noise from the Writing Center.

Utah State University Press Logo


  • Paperback Price: $6.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60732-575-8
  • Ebook Price: $4.95
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-576-5
  • Publication Month: October
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Pages: 51
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Elizabeth Boquet
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-575-8
  • Get Permissions: Get Permission

Related Titles

Browse Related Titles Tagged Under:

University Press of Colorado University of Alaska Press Utah State University Press University of Wyoming Press