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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

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

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

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

excerpt from joan didion’s “on keeping a notebook” (1966)

“‘That woman Estelle,’” the note reads, “‘is partly the reason why George Sharp and I are separated today.’ Dirty crepe-de-Chine wrapper, hotel bar, Wilmington RR, 9:45 a.m. August Monday morning.” … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

one liar’s beginnings.

ONE LIAR’S BEGINNINGS    by Brady Udall Before all else, let me make my confession: I am a liar. For me, admitting to being a liar is just about the … Continue reading

September 10, 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

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

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

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

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