John Freeman

John Freeman

Title: Special Lecturer
Office: 140 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2736
Fax: (248) 370-2748


John Freeman teaches WRT 150, 160, and 386 at OU. He publishes poetry and creative non-fiction under the pen name "Cal Freeman." His poems and essays have appeared in many journals including Commonweal, The Journal, Nimrod, Drunken Boat, The Cortland Review, Ninth Letter, Birmingham Poetry Review, Rattle, Hotel Amerika, and New Ohio Review. He has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In 2004, a manuscript of his was selected for the Devine Poetry Fellowship. More recently, his collection of poems, Brother of Leaving, was nominated for Wayne State University Press's Made in Michigan series.


B.A., Literature, University of Detroit Mercy
M.F.A., Bowling Green State University

Teaching Philosophy

I try to let my students define the classroom space as much as possible both in terms of guiding our discussions and identifying the topics, natures, and forms of their projects. I am highly influenced by educators like Paulo Freire, John Taylor Gatto, and John Dewey.

In my classes students will create blogs, shoot and edit digital video, share and discuss original photographs on moodle forums, and do ehtnographic research on online communities. I have students to explore programs like iMovie, Garage Band, Windows Movie Maker and Adobe Photoshop Elements during the course of the semester.

Teaching at OU since 2008.