Three people other than Mom told me this week that they’re reading this blog and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. I probably took for granted an audience during my reporting days but, believe me, I recognize just how valuable readers are.
That’s why I love the fact Stephens has an English/Creative Writing department. Not English and Creative Writing, not English with a side of creative writing, but English *slash* Creative Writing.
As Professor Judith Clark told me, the slash is intentional. The two are equal partners. Writers need readers. Readers need writers.
The English/Creative Writing program here is amazing. Our student literary journal, Harbinger, has won the Outstanding Literary Arts Journal Award from Sigma Tau Delta for three years in a row (the 2013 edition comes out next month—so excited!).
And our students from the English/Creative Writing department are going on to do amazing things. Take Emily Davis-Fletcher. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Stephens in 2006 and went on to earn a Master’s in Women’s Studies from the National University of Ireland.
This month, she became a co-organizer of Cork Feminsta, which I had to look up, but apparently it’s an uber-awesome group working on behalf of women’s rights in Cork. Here’s the website, where you can read more about Emily and her fellow Feminista organizers.
As an English major with a women’s studies minor, I’m super excited for Emily and can’t wait to read more about her in the future.
At Truman, I could only get an emphasis in creative writing, which probably turned out for the best anyway, since I’m really not that creative. I actually do have a collection of poetry, but I had to pay six cents a page for it.
Thankfully I had journalism to fall back on but now I have zero imagination. If I want to write a poem about a tree, I literally have to see a tree and describe it.
Which brings me to my headline.
But that’s also the title of an actual poetry collection by another amazing alumna from our English/Creative Writing Department, Leslie Adrienne Miller. “Yesterday Had A Man In It” was her third book—because she’s obviously super creative and brilliant, she actually has six collections. Her latest, Y, was published this past fall.
Miller is like a poetry rock star, if there were such a thing—but as she told the MinnPost in Minneapolis, it’s better to keep poetry free of fame and fortune.
Unless you’re like me and would need a fortune to keep publishing poetry. Thankfully I have this blog—and, of course, you, if you’re still reading.