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notes from a creative writing PhD candidate

Book Review: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

After devouring Ta-Nehisi Coates’ National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me in a single afternoon, I came away from my reading wholly impressed by the author’s brilliance, eloquence, and … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

on eating animals: chef anthony bourdain, novelist jonathan safran foer, and ultrarunner scott jurek

In college I had a crush on a long-haired, Birkenstock-wearing guy who let everyone who would listen know he was a proud vegan.  This man was attractive to me for many reasons, but … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

teaching food studies: article/essay hits and misses

This past semester I moved up the academic ranks from teaching First Year Composition to Advanced Composition, where I have a bit more freedom in regards to selecting texts.  Since … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

i was told there’d be cake: essays by sloane crosley

Is Sloane Crosley “the female David Sedaris”?  Some critics have hailed her so, but for every person who thinks I Was Told There’d Be Cake is as funny, well-rendered, and … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · 3 Comments

getting sick in the slovak republic — strange adventures in healthcare abroad

In 2009 I traveled to Zilina, Slovakia for a year-long Fulbright Fellowship.  Two months into my teaching assistantship I became extremely ill.  What follows is my (slightly humorous, very odd) account … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · 4 Comments

when the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten, and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money.

Academia has been my world for the past eight years; I graduated college with a degree in English and Anthropology, completed a Fulbright, and dove headfirst into an MFA program in Creative … Continue reading

June 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

love & death in the balkans: brkic’s “the stone fields”

“What is a moment of death compared to a lifetime of it?” Book Review: Courtney Angela Brkic’s The Stone Fields, 2005 The Stone Fields alternates between a chronological historical recounting of Brkic’s father’s family … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

“having a coke with you” by frank o’hara

Who wouldn’t want to have a coke, or spend a day looking at paintings, with the amazing Frank O’Hara?  I love this poem. Having a Coke with You is even … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

falling in love with the DF: the mexico city reader

“Earth and water: it is a city that harbors nature, rather than excludes it… [we] treat the city not only as a setting or a moral environment but as a main … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

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