Clyde Coreil,
A Biographical Sketch

The main efforts of Clyde Coreil have been in the areas of creative writing, linguistics and editing. His most ambitious undertaking in the last-mentioned field is the anthology Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner and New Methods of College Teaching (2003) and the seven volumes of The Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning and Teaching. He holds an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the City University of New York.

Coreil's 20 plays include After Isabel, for which he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the book, lyrics and music to two plays: (1) Remembering Hue, which is set in Vietnam, and (2) Homelands, a fable set on the Mississippi River with thematically distant allusions to 9/11. More recently, Coreil has completed work on a multi-media piece entitled Requiem for Abu Ghraib. This is a short (30 minutes, probably less) piece for violin, cello, synthesizer, dancers, and singers with lyrics and a brief dramatic scene in which it is established that Abdullah is a local member of forces opposing the American-led invasion of 2003. Since both of his eyes were burned out under torture by Saddam in the same prison, Abu Ghraib, he considers his choice of the resistance as the lesser of two evils. Momentarily, his stepson/poet is scheduled for torture via extreme sexual abuse. On the next day, Blind Abdullah and his son, Said, will face the same fate. The piece is one of objection to abusing prisoners anywhere and anytime. Dr. Coreil is a Professor at New Jersey City University and is at work on a musical play about a depressed and aging Cajun musician and his terminally-ill grand-daughter.

 

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