When I began my homeschooled MFA last fall, I had two reasons. First, chronic migraines limit my functionality to the … Continue reading Why Safe Communities for Artists Matter
Between my twelfth and thirteenth birthdays, I became a different person. At 12, I was still skipping down the corridors … Continue reading Trauma Stuck Points
Literary theory is a trip. I just spent roughly a year, off and on, studying the topic. I watched Professor … Continue reading What’s the Point of Literary Theory Anyway?
Pine needles drop from branches out my window. First, they grow brittle, fading from green to ochre. Then, all it … Continue reading Writing the Impact Statement
Since the 1930s Formalism has positioned literary art as independent of author, era, and even possibly meaning. It promises that … Continue reading To the Guy in My MFA Class* Who Believes Art “Has Nothing to Do with Race”
This year a study found that we have around 6,000 thoughts each day. That’s a whole lot of self-talk. Most … Continue reading My Thoughts Are Mostly Nonsense
If I’m being honest? Well, everything. Let’s start with coconuts. If you’ve never spared a thought for what can fall … Continue reading What Are You So Afraid of?
You don’t want to go in there. You know something’s waiting for you in those woods, but you’d rather not … Continue reading Taking That First Step
How can a white person with chronic illness support Black Lives Matter? When others are suffering, how can you support … Continue reading The Trauma of Being Here
This will be my first staycation without a bouquet of flowers on my desk. But it will also be my … Continue reading Preparing for the At-Home Writing Retreat