ex-academic, storyteller, troublemaker

Welcome to my site. I’m Sara Puotinen, also known as Sara L. Puotinen, SLPuotinen or unDisciplined. I spent a big chunk of my life in school, almost 33 years: 27 as a student, 6 as a teacher. I left in December of 2011. My critical and creative work as a writer and storyteller involves using that training and experience in undisciplined ways.

This site is a space for thinking through and practicing those undisciplined methods. For experimenting with living beside (next to) and besides (in addition to) the Academy. For organizing and archiving my primary identities: ex-academic, storyteller and troublemaker. For showcasing my work. And for reclaiming my passion for engaging with ideas, authors, theories and education that school sparked within me and then, over the course of 33 years as a student and teacher, disciplined out of me.