2019 has been a real bear of a year, and is maybe why I have not updated my website since August of 2018. From both Nathan and I starting new jobs to buying our first house and dealing everything that comes from home-ownership, plus our doggo being sick and Nathan being gone for five months…I am looking forward to this new decade.
I spent my fall semester overwhelmed with reading and writing thanks to the 600 level Creative Writing Workshop I somehow snuck my way into. While the coursework was definitely stressful I feel as though I have grown in my abilities as a writer and in my ability to analyze and critique the work of others. My passion for the strength of words is renewed. We also read a lot of incredible authors whose work I was unfamiliar with including Lauren Groff and Inger Christensen.
Throughout the course I mainly worked on improving my abilities as an arts writer and shared seven reviews with my fellow classmates who provided critical feedback and greatly helped me to improve how I approach the reviews I write. I also experimented with writing poetry and prose and hope to continue both going forward.
So Here I would like to share two pieces I developed over the course of the semester, the first a review I wrote of Ebony Patterson’s ...while the dew is still on the roses... at the Speed Art Museum, and the second, a short story piece I wrote titled Cat Neighborhood. Cat Neighborhood is loosely based on reality but at the advice of some of classmates I altered the truth to make the story work better. Feel free to share any feedback.
Check out my latest review posted on The Hite Aegis Review . The artists who exhibit work in Her/Hair an exhibition of female printmakers at the Huff Gallery, part of Spalding University,in Louisville, KY, each use either physical hair within their work, or explore its cultural and social standing thematically. For some this involves personal and intimate expression, for others a way of remembering the past and the importance of family.