Dr. Phillip Grayson

Professor of Rhetoric & Composition
ESL Grammar Specialist
International Experience:  Chile, Poland, Turkey, USA




  • Doctor of Philosophy, English, St. John's University, New York, NY
  • Master of Arts, English Language and Literature, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, University of South Carolina Aiken, Aiken, SC

Doctoral Dissertation

  • Inside Your Looking: Consciousness and Ethics in Contemporary Prose, Poetry, and Film

Master's Thesis

  • Illusion and Real Magic in Tim O’Brien’s In the Lake of the Woods.

Teaching Specializations

  • English
  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Literature
  • ESL (English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Academic Experiences

  • Adjunct Professor, Eastern Gateway Community College,
  • Adjunct Professor, St. John's University, Queens, NY
  • Adjunct Professor, York College-City University, New York, NY
  • Adjunct Professor, Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ
  • Adjunct Professor, Rasmussen University Online,

Related Academic Service

  • Reviewer, English: Journal of the English Association, Oxford University Press
  • World Literature Editor, Watchung Review, New Jersey College English Association
  • Associate Editor, Watchung Review, New Jersey College English Association
  • Reviewer, Orbit: Writing around Pynchon, Open Library of Humanities
  • Editor in Chief, Humanities Review, St. John's University

Chapter Publications

  • “Study for the Presence of a Myth,” in ReFocus: The Films of Spike Jonze. Ed Kim Wilkins and Wyatt Moss-Wellington. Edinburgh University Press.
  • “Meteoric Fiction: The Inhuman Author and the End of the World,” in Anthropocene Responsibility. Ed Chase Pielak and Deborah Christie.
  • “A Hideous Veil” in Edgar Allen Poe and Psychology. Ed. Gerry Del Guercio. McFarland Books.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “What it is is, it is what it is”: The Unconditionally Singular Covenants of ​ Bleeding Edge .” ​ Journal of American Studies ​ (forthcoming)
  • “At the Edge of Evening, Often Forever: Extramission, Consciousness, Literature.” ​ Modern Horizons ​ 7.1. 2016
  • “No True Substitute for the Infinite: Indefinite Space and Infinite Time in Alfred Jarry’s​ The Supermale. ​ ” ​ Humanities Review. 12.1. 2015

Conference Presentations

  • “The Unconditionally Singular Covenants of ​ Bleeding Edge.” ASAP: Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. University of California, Berkeley. October 2017
  • "The Summer of 1920: Indefinite Space, Indefinite Time, and the Not-Too-Distant Future.” ​ Untold Futures: Speculation, Redemption, Disappointment. ​ University of Chicago. November 2016.
  • “At the Edge of Evening, Often Forever.” ​ The Humanities, the Neurosciences, the Mind. ​ University of California-Santa Barbara. May 2016.
  • “Notes Toward a Speculative Poetics of Whether or Not Lazerbeams Shoot Out of Our Eyes.” ​ One-day Conference . St John’s University. April 2016.
  • “Turn Me Back into My Former Self: The Transformations of St Christopher.” ​ Order and Disorder in the Middle Ages . Cornell University. November 2015.
  • “Proximate Points on a Spiral: Exoticism and Ethernity in Alfred Jarry’s ​ Le Surmâle ​ .”​ (Re)presentation: Problematicizing Authenticity. ​ St John’s University. April 2015.
  • “What it is is: Bleeding Edge.” ​ Conference: Consciousness, Theater, Literature, and the Arts. St Francis College. April 2015.
  • “The Reptile and Sensual: ‘Natural’ Networks in Upstream Color.” Working through Environmental Unlikeness: Ecology and Nature in the Humanities. St John’s University. April 2014.

Fictional Writing

  • “A Westward Carousel.” ​ Unsaid. 7.1. August 2014.
  • “This One Has Jaguars in It,” “The Abortionists,” and “With a Monstrous Architecture.” ​ etcetera. April 2010.