Wednesday, August 5, 2015

send me on my way

Hi, alive, and busy! Realistically, I will continue to be busy until my move to France in two weeks. (yep, I'm going to be living in the south of France for a few months, that's news!) Since I last posted, I've been hopping around―writing conferences at the Kenyon Review in Ohio and Quest in Vancouver, BC, my cousin's wedding in Montreal, and now Tunisia with my family―and I'm writing and reading like crazy. I've been wrangling poems together for my first book, which has taken pretty much all of my attention. 

BUT!

I'll be living in tiny Saint-Martin for the next three months, and I will surely be posting more frequently as I document our life in the village! I don't know how wicked awesome my outfits are about to be (spoiler: I packed almost only black, white, and denim items, and half the suitcase is taken up by books), but there will be lots of European mini-adventures and cooking and painting and pictures. 

So, until then, some film photographs from my last hurrah in Raleigh before my move, and a couple from Michigan (and Ohio and Florida and Vancouver) too. I'm already missing everyone back home.



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

end of it

I'm alive, and what a semester it's been.

(surgerythesistravelingteachingAHHHH)

It's unreal to me how much can squeeze into just three months. I feel a little dizzy on the other side of it, like I'd been swimming laps as fast as I could and hadn't come up for air, and now I have, and everything's bright and shining and spinning. Anyways, yeah, a few days ago I graduated with my MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University (yay!). I have tons and tons and tons of pictures, and many more stories, of what I've been up to, but I think I'll just stick with the pictures. They're supposed to say a thousand words, right? I'll let them talk for me. 

Here are some film snapshots from my running around with the best people (and poets) around:



Thursday, February 5, 2015

life lately: January



What's New:

  • Two publications came online! My poem in Rattle and my book review in The Adroit Journal.
  • I was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize!
  • I began my final semester of graduate school. (jinkies!)
In less pleasant news, my health has worsened. I have had a series of appointments and have finally confirmed a surgery date for the first week of March. This is both terrifying and a relief, and I'm trying not to think about it too much as I head towards my thesis defense at the end of this month. This year is already such a rollercoaster!

On Tuesday, however, I received word that I had been accepted to The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop this summer! This was a much needed bright spot, as I've been needing something to look forward to other with my surgery looming in the future. I am thrilled about this opportunity and I think it will do me a lot of good. In bracing myself for the significant dent my surgery will have on my savings, I put together my first ever GoFundMe campaign to help ease the cost of my workshop tuition this summer. If you're at all interested/have a couple bucks to spare, you can find out more here!

And now, pictures!

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