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notes from a creative writing PhD candidate

my first month as a creative writing PhD candidate

Well…that was rough. I’ve just completed my first month as a PhD candidate in the English/Creative Writing program at the University of Missouri.  I took a couple years off after … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

six month hiatus: from adjunct to term faculty to PhD student

It’s been half a year since I last posted on my blog–far too long, really, and I can’t believe I’ve fallen into such a rut in regards to posting on … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

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

margaret talbot on writing

Over a year ago, in April 2013, I had the opportunity to meet author Margaret Talbot.  Margaret, a staff writer at The New Yorker, gave me and a few other … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

the corporate extraction: goodbye stock market, helloooo academia!

I’MDONEI’MDONEI’MDONEI’MDONEI’MDONEEEEEEEEE! Ten months of sitting in front of two glaring computer monitors, planting myself in a chair for eight stressful nonstop hours, ninety-minute dirty metro rides twice a day, shoveling lukewarm yogurt … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

already possessed: why, only 10 pages in, i can’t get enough of elif batuman

Possessed: what an astute name for the way we can become completely entranced by a book.  It happens quickly; it only takes a few pages, or paragraphs, for us to … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a 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

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

to what degree?: MA in english lit vs. MFA in creative writing

It took a single haphazardly chosen elective to alter the course of my academic path.  In the final semester of my senior year at James Madison University I enrolled in my first creative … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

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