Welcome to Don Rothman’s website! You’ll find short reflective essays here on subjects about which I am curious. These include Shakespeare, photography, teaching literacy to enhance democracy, what I have learned from several serious surgeries, and a desire to explore non-violent ways to sustain disagreement, especially through writing. If you find something that interests you here, I’m likely to value your response, so please write back.

If you have a particular interest in writing and photography, you may enjoy my book, ONE WAY OF SEEING Photographs and Essays During a  Time of Reflection 2010, available at BLURB.com and Bookshop Santa Cruz.

I have also published LOOKING FOR BETHLEHEM (also available at BLURB.com and Bookshop Santa Cruz) a collection of evocative photos of the defunct Bethlehem Steel Mill in Pennsylvania with an introductory essay and an afterword in the form a letter to my father, who spent his life in the iron and steel industry.

If you are curious about how the teaching of writing can enhance democracy, you may want to look at my short book, also on BLURB.com, HOW TO TEACH WRITING…and WHY. It codifies some guiding principles from 40 years of teaching writing, and it contains photographs of some unusual literacy artifacts from my collection.


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Anna Kloth May 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Hi Don,
I took your Writing 2 class about 5 years ago where we focused on the impact beauty can have in our world and the possibility of beauty leading to greater equality. I will always remember that class! The ideas brought up then continue to provoke me years later. I happened to come across this article online and immediately thought of you. I’m sure you must have heard about this, but just in case you hadn’t – http://www.jeffbridges.com/perception.html. Hope you enjoy!
-Anna Kloth


Nick Luna August 21, 2011 at 6:43 am

Hi Don and Anna Kloth,

I don’t quite remember the name Anna but maybe we were in the same class! Beauty and Justice!

Yes, one hell of a class!!! In the best of the senses!

He inspired me to be a writing teacher.



David Anthony October 21, 2011 at 8:55 am

Wonderful website. Thank you!



Caitlin-Jane Buse December 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

In September you came and visited my humanities class. As soon as you walked into the room I knew that I would be significantly changed as a writer. You’ve really changed my perspective on so many things in my life and I can’t thank you enough!
Recently I’ve read through some of your pieces and with every one of them I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. I strive to write like this and again I thank you for taking the time to help guide my peers and myself on the road to a much more thoughtful and enjoyable life. Writing hasn’t been a chore since you’ve come to our class. It’s a gift I love opening every single day with a smile on my face. Thank you, and I hope to get the chance to chat with you again!


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