About Trina Sotirakopulos

Areas of Research Interest

  • African American Literature (as a First-year Writing component)
  • Rhetoric/Creative Writing
  • Fiction Writing as a catalyst for Composition techniques
  • Early American Literature

Recent Courses Taught

  • English 1101 – Composition I
  • English 1102 – Composition II
  • English 2250- Creative Writing
  • British Literature (canonical overview)

Current Projects

  • Co-editor and contributing author in Shifts, an anthology about women's transitions
  • Revising a middle grade historical fiction novel on Joe Louis
  • Working on a Ph.D. in Early American Literature / Rhetoric at Northern Illinois University

Selected Publications, Presentations, Performances, Books

  • In Her Skin: A Young Adult Novel. Chicago: Muse Write Press, 2012
  • "Stories of Black Women Help Empower and Inspire People of All Races and Ethnicities." ASALH National Conference. Oct., 2012.
  • "Community Writing for Global Literacy." TYCA Midwest. Columbus State College. Oct., 2011.
  • "Collect. Recollect. Connect! Community Writing Workshops." Illinois Reading Council, Springfield. March, 2011.
  • "Writing the Unseen." Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, Chicago chapter. June, 2010.
  • "Pack Rats and Procreation: Using Your Past to Write Teen Fiction." Wow! Women on Writing: Freelancer's Corner. March/April, 2010.
  • "Global Learners = Global Problem Solvers." Illinois Reading Council, Springfield. April, 2010.
  • "The Necessity of Time in Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland." Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media. Northern Illinois University. April, 2010.
  • "Moll Flanders the Working Woman." EGO Conference on Identity and Class Issues, Western Illinois University. November, 2009


  • M.A. English - British and American Literature, Northern Illinois University
  • B.A. Broadcast Journalism/Television, Columbia College Chicago