Self-Deprecation is a Far Subtler Force than I Realized. It’s something I utilized as a humbling tactic, a way to make myself more approachable to others, and as a way to avoid becoming arrogant. But somewhere along the line I bought into the narrative of “you’re not good enough,” “you’re not impressive” – “you’re not… Read More The Harm of Focus They Won’t Tell You in School
I took this course for most of the reasons I suspect everyone else took it: they didn’t like teaching. Or they didn’t like the idea of being a scholar of one particularly narrow subject and constantly finding something new to say about it. Or maybe they weren’t sure what they could do with an English… Read More Final Thoughts on Liberal Arts at Work
I joined The Open Mouth Reading Series’ Board of Directors in 2016. Molly Bess Rector and MD Myers, the series founders, invited me to join after I professed my affection for the style of the readings: a round of readers from the NWA region read poems by writers they love, followed by a featured traveling… Read More Professional Poet or Poet, Professional?
Like some of the personal stories in the book “Smart Moves”, one theme that seems to be reoccurring in my life is the need to adapt. Everything I have done, and most likely ever will do, is a spin-off of what I had originally planned. I’ve gotten so used to having to go with plan […]… Read More Missing the Mark: Why Is Being Creative So Wrong? — A Pinch of That
Part of the beauty of being a Liberal Arts major is you are allowed, and at times even expected to be a passionate person. However, being in what seems like a never ending academic setting you can easily get swept away in the monotony of the educational system. Unless stress, self-implosion, and sleepless nights excite […]… Read More Who Am I and Where Do I Belong? — A Pinch of That
I initially took this course as my official “back-up plan”, should I ever willingly or, more realistically, encounter enough failures that I retreat from the world of academia out of sheer humiliation and defeat. If I decided I wanted to pursue a career rather than sign up for more graduate school, I didn’t want to… Read More Designing your own Career: Post-Liberal Arts Workshop
Originally posted on kelley reads and writes:
English majors, as well as many other Liberal Arts majors, love words. Not only do we love words, we fixate on words. We love to analyze and pick at words within poetry, fiction, prose, anything we can get our hands on. As I’ve started to notice recently, we…