Get Yourself Lucky: Starting a New Job at a Publishing Company

I just returned from a run over a bridge and back in the rain and I’m thinking about three things: The job I just started, the neighborhood I just moved to, and the essay that’s been haunting me since I started writing it in Ellen Litman’s creative writing class last fall. The job is at… More Get Yourself Lucky: Starting a New Job at a Publishing Company

Interview with Melissa Watterworth Batt (2012)

During these past two semesters, I have worked as an intern in the archives at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, first blogging for the SideStream section of the Fresh Pickin’s blog and, more recently, writing biographies for the finding aids. As an intern I have had the privilege of being mentored by Melissa Watterworth… More Interview with Melissa Watterworth Batt (2012)

Spoken Word Poetry

Recently, while skimming through some TED Talks, I came upon a talk done by Sarah Kay on Spoken Word Poetry. Prior to this talk, I had never heard of spoken word. I assumed it was when poets traveled to different cafés, universities, and book stores to read their recently published work. But I soon discovered… More Spoken Word Poetry

Authors and Alcoholism

I’d like to believe you don’t have to be an alcoholic, drug addict, or suicidal to be a killer writer, but these tendencies certainly frequent many great authors’ lives. In every literature class I have taken, my professors present the pieces to be read that semester along with the biographies of the corresponding authors, and… More Authors and Alcoholism

Kay Ryan, The Wallace Stevens Poetry Program Speaker

This year the Wallace Stevens Poetry Program will feature former U.S. poet laureate and 2011 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her collection The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, Kay Ryan. Though Ryan did not publish her first book until she was forty years old her work has earned her numerous accolades. Ryan’s poems… More Kay Ryan, The Wallace Stevens Poetry Program Speaker