Professions: Storyteller, Writer, MFA Poetry Graduate Student, College Instructor.
Group Afiliations: Kick Butt Productions (Founder); SEPCAO (Society to Enhance Pirate Culture Across Oshkosh: VP Membership); Spanky Inc. (Board of Directors); EAD Productions Ltd. (Tribunal); the UWO Chapter of the Cockney School of Poetry (Grand Serpentor); Team V (Honorary Member).
Special Powers: Other than the ability to hyper-extend his arm and fingers, and the uncanny ability for him to hear specific sounds in a loud room, Peter posses no known superhuman ability (but wouldn't mind a couple).
Special Abilities: Peter posses the keen ability to be really good at scrabble.
History: Peter Brooks grew up in house a 3rd grader surely designed: square bottom, triangle top, one big window, one rectangular door. Coincidentally enough, by the 3rd grade Peter discovered his passion for writing stories in weekly contests his teacher held. Having come from a family of storytellers and creators this was a hobby Peter enjoyed sharing.
After brief stints as pole vaulter, football player, and comedy improv performer, Peter headed to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to major in Film and minor in Philosophy and English. Peter then "fell" into a new passion: working with students in various leadership organizations, including the Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association (WURHA) and the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH, Inc.). His various activities springboarded him into a Masters of Education in Higher Ed. at Arizona State University where he also continued working with student leaders.
He learned how Residence Hall living and learning co-exist harmoniously from Dr. Charles Schroeder during a brief stint at the University of Missouri Columbia. He then achieved a life long dream by returing to Oshkosh to be a Residence Hall Director. For five years Peter accomplished many of his dreams in Residence Life including the creation of Future Leaders of Student Affairs (FLSA) and advising the 2008 NACURH Conference.
Continung to speak professionally in Wisconsin, Peter made the transition to Las Cruces, New Mexico where he completed an MFA in Poetry at New Mexico State University. Entering this "Third Life" he began teaching English courses in Composition, Poetry, and Business Writing. He was part of the Sin Fronteras poetry movement thanks to his friend and mentor Dr. Wayne Crawford.
Like a bizarre boomerang that loves the cold, Peter has now returned to Wisconsin, working on his PhD in Rhetoric/Composition at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. While reading, writing, and researching about digital identity and pedagogical game theory, Peter still schemes to own several dogs including a golden retriever, 2 doberman pinchers, and an alaskan wolfhound.
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