Interview with Dr. Chatlos


I had the luxury of interviewing Dr. Jon Chatlos. Dr. Chatlos is often referred to as a shining star among the SUNY Plattsburgh campus faculty. My first question for Dr. Chatlos was, why read? “I read for enjoyment and for news,” he responded. I was curious about his favorite authors, and when I asked he told me, “I get to teach Flaubert this semester. Right now, he’s up there among my favorite writers, so are William Carlos Williams and Lorrie Moore.” When I asked him why he teaches and the importance of reading and writing to him, his response was straight to the chase: “Why teach? Why read and write? To change lives.” Then he added, “Neat lines from William Carlos Williams–

It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.”

-Timothy Robare

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