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notes from a creative writing PhD candidate

on reading for phd comprehensive exams

“The PhD is the best gift you will ever give yourself.” Author Roxane Gay gave us–a group of fangirling, bushy-tailed creative writing PhD candidates–this tiny morsel of encouragement last year … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

medicine, madness, ironmans, & travel: 4 nonfiction reading recommendations

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, by Susannah Cahalan (2013) I flew through this one–a random, impulse purchase from the helter-skelter book section in a local Wal-Mart–in two days. … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

“balloons” | a poem by sylvia plath

Since Christmas they have lived with us, Guileless and clear, Oval soul-animals, Taking up half the space, Moving and rubbing on the silk Invisible air drifts, Giving a shriek and … Continue reading

October 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

an interview with mary roach

In October 2011 I wrote this blog post for the Phoebe literary magazine’s blog.  An early birthday present from my editor, I was given the opportunity to interview Mary Roach, … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 1 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

anne carson & the lyric essay – “very narrow”

               Water is best. – Pindar                Memory is of the past. – Aristotle          … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

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

when trees dream of being trees

The tree decided to stop growing after it grew its thousandth leaf. “No more,” it whispered, and started throwing flimsily attached twigs and old nests down, and shaking the birds … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 1 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

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

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

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

sylvia plath’s “the rival”

We all know someone like this, don’t we?  Nailed it, Sylvia.   The Rival If the moon smiled, she would resemble you. You leave the same impression Of something beautiful, … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

didion, mccullers, che & more: on travel & memory

“We are homesick most for the places we have never known.” –Carson McCullers ————— “His father guessed what he was thinking, and spoke of what it had meant to them … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

anne sexton’s “her kind” & sylvia plath’s “the applicant”

Plath and Sexton: beautifully haunting, confessional female poets that explore similiar themes.  The following two poems were published in the early 1960s, on the cusp of second-wave feminism. The Applicant First, are … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

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