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notes from a creative writing PhD candidate

notable mention in the best american essays 2014!!

An essay I wrote in graduate school, “Missed,” was published last year in The Masters Review, an annual journal of graduate student writing.  Last year’s volume featured ten writers whose work … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

stephen king, “on writing: a memoir of the craft”

“Life isn’t a support-system for art.  It’s the other way around.” Steven King’s book impressed me beyond my expectations: he’s hilarious, inspiring, and a fantastic teacher.  Sure, he’s made millions with … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

except in memory

“A journey is a gesture inscribed in space, it vanishes even as it’s made. You go from one place to another place, and on to somewhere else again, and already … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

jack kerouac | 30 beliefs & techniques for modern prose

I gave this to an undergraduate creative writing class once, and they almost shit themselves.  “WTF is this?  Was he, like, drunk when he wrote it?”  “How are we supposed … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

rainbow rowell’s (not so young) adult fiction

When I visited Mexico City this April, I couldn’t help but notice dozens of teenagers and college students toting around a book with a bright blue, simply designed cover.  They were immersed, … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

the blog hop: commentary on the writing process

My talented writer friend, former MFA workshop mate, and colleague at Phoebe and The Breeze, Will, tagged me in the Writing Process Blog Hop.  He answered four questions about how … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

found poetry | reframing spaces and lines to impart new meaning

A talented creative writing student of mine taught me how to write a “found” poem.  She showed me a marked-up page of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, a favorite book of hers, and then … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

jhumpa lahiri, “trading stories: notes from an apprenticeship”

Books, and the stories they contained, were the only things I felt I was able to possess as a child. Even then, the possession was not literal; my father is … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · Leave a 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

a summer reading list

A book a week: that’s my summer reading goal.  A fast reader by nature, I can usually manage a few hundred pages a week; I read two hours a day on the … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

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