I only had 30 minutes to speak to poet Carl Phillips, which was just enough time to access his worldview, yet a woefully insufficient amount of time to truly get at the thickness of his poetry. It was by far the friendliest interview I have ever conducted. Phillips was flexible with his schedule and would… More An Interview with Carl Phillips, Poet and Professor by Sten Spinella (2016)
I’m a biology major—the quintessential science major, literally the study of life. In many of my required classes, the professors give out more exams than As and I use so many flashcards that when I shut my eyes and listen close, I can hear the whir and thwack of thumbing through a thick pile of… More Why Science Majors Should Take Creative Writing by Rebecca Nelson
The week before I graduated high school I received a letter in the mail from my fifth grade self. My librarian had had us write them in our final days of elementary school and she saved them in her attic for seven years before sending a friendly reminder of the innocents we used to be.… More Can good writing be taught?
On February 22nd, I went to the Lambda Upsilon Lambda event called “Noche Dorada.” It was mostly just an excuse to eat really good Spanish food– sweet platanos and arroz con pollo and creamy, amazing flan. The best part is that you get to eat the food while listening to intelligent speakers (this year: Dr.… More Noche Dorada at UConn