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The MFA has given me a reading complex.

March 2, 2018  |  Uncategorized

Not the kind of complex where I feel insecure and acutely aware of my own limited perspective of the literary world (okay, I guess yes this kind of complex), and not the kind of complex where I’ve suddenly turned averse to reading and find myself Netflixing compulsively (although I dream of having this one), and […]

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Lately I only want to write tiny stories

February 9, 2018  |  Uncategorized

I read everything aloud as I’m writing, read it again when I’m through, walk circles around my dining room with my laptop nestled in my arms like a baby, talking to it, or talking at it when the work is slow and difficult. Words feel substantially less real on the page to me. They’re static […]

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Stranger than Fiction

January 26, 2018  |  Uncategorized

When my dad was a kid, his family owned a not particularly successful ranch on, in, and around which strange and ill-fated things tended to happen. One time, Irish, a man who worked on the ranch and lived in a tiny, one-door cabin with my dad’s uncle, Gene, died in his sleep, causing his horse […]

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Vanilla 5

December 1, 2017  |  Uncategorized

I should probably say, right up front, that I might be an intensely boring sort of person. I strive for a vanilla existence. It isn’t that I want to be vanilla, per se, but that I’d like life to be a bit more vanilla. I want life to return to the vanilla of baking Christmas […]

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Considering "The Portable MFA"

November 17, 2017  |  Uncategorized

A friend of a friend is a veteran of an MFA program (not CSU), and is the sort of veteran not especially fond of her service. On hearing that I was going to apply, she sent along a book wrapped in butcher paper: “The Portable MFA.” In it, one finds in the way of introduction […]

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The Questions You Ask Me

November 4, 2017  |  Uncategorized

As a first year MFA student, I deal in questions–in applying pressure to moments fraught with emotion and seeing what that pressure reveals. Consider public spaces: forums for opening dialogue on culturally sensitive topics is an important step towards fostering community, civility, towards making all us of good and happy humans. This is an irrefutable […]

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Trust the Writer

October 6, 2017  |  Uncategorized

I recently came across a thesis written by Sarah Pitcher McDonough entitled “How to Read Autofiction.” In it, Mx. McDonough writes, “The word ‘autofiction’ was officially created in 1977 by Serge Doubrovsky to describe his novel Fils. Doubrovsky imagined a genre between fiction and autobiography in which the author, protagonist, and narrator share one identity.” […]

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Advice To MFA Students From A Jedi Master

September 22, 2017  |  Uncategorized

As a third-year student about to go out into the world I could write about the ups and downs of thesis year. I could write about the monk-like life we third-years seem to lead. I could write about my need to be in a classroom again; an alien feeling. Instead, I’m going to offer advice to […]

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Dying to Start the Semester

September 8, 2017  |  Uncategorized

“I die everyday!” the Apostle Paul writes enthusiastically. What could he possibly mean by such a statement? Regardless of how we understand Paul’s metaphor (dying to self, dying to a behavior, the body in slow decline), if one dies everyday, one must be reborn everyday as well. The beginning of the semester always feels like […]

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Novel is the Scariest Word I Know

December 15, 2016  |  Uncategorized

There were very few things I was absolutely sure of coming into grad school. Really, the only thing I was sure of was that I wanted to write a novel for my thesis. I’ve always been sure of that, even though I’ve never written a novel before. But that was why I was here—to finally […]

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