Clemson, South Carolina
“What is involved when we say what people are doing and why they are doing it?”
— Kenneth Burke
David Blakesley is the Robert S. Campbell Chair in Technical Communication and a professor of English at Clemson University, where he also serves as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees. At Clemson, he also leads the team that works with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. He is the publisher and founder of Parlor Press, now in its 12th year, and was recently named publisher of the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) conference volume. He began his term on the RSA Development Council in 2013. He has authored, coauthored, or edited six books, including “Writing: A Manual for the Digital Age.” He is also a recipient of the Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field from Computers and Composition and the Distinguished Service Award from the Kenneth Burke Society. He presently serves as editor of the Kenneth Burke Journal and The Writing Instructor, both open access journals on the Drupal CMS. At Clemson, he teaches courses in digital publishing and design, the future of the book, information design, visual rhetoric, and rhetorical theory.