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and Life Support
I'm honored to have two works published as "companion poems" in the spring 2022 print issue of Shift: A Journal of Literary Oddities. I'm also grateful that this beautiful journal will now be the hand-held home to these deeply personal poems, written in honor of my late father and mother, respectively.
Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman
This photobook is an inspired remediation of the classic Walt Whitman poem "Song Of The Open Road," which first appeared in the 1865 edition of "Leaves of Grass." I composed this eBook in June of 2011 while pursuing my B.A. in Creative Writing at Florida State University, as the final project to a fantastic course entitled "Rhetoric and Composition in the Digital Age."
Opening Up One's Heart and Mind to Another in an Attempt to Explore the Bedrock of a Vital, Romantic Partnership Only to Continually be Left Standing Alone in the Driftwood of Self-Discovery: A Review
I composed this "critical" essay in 2012 while pursuing my B.A. in Creative Writing from Florida State University. The essay won first place in the nonfiction category of The Kudzu Review's annual writing contest, and was published in their Spring 2013 issue. The Kudzu Review is FSU's stellar undergraduate journal of literature & art.
EPISTOLARY ESSAY/MEMOIR PIECE
This essay holds a special place in my wordsmithing heart. Composed on the wings of taking a nonfiction writing workshop led by one of my personal heroines of page & pen—brilliant author, essayist, and journalist Meghan Daum—it's at once a personal essay and a love letter to my fifth grade teacher-turned-beloved-guru.
(MY EARLIEST) POEM*
*Composed at age ten, when, for the record I lived near a forest and had lots of friends and a Snoopy Snow Cone Machine and I do not recall looking at birds.
This is the big-time long-form scholarly scholarly essay I composed as a key requirement for the completion of MFA in Poetry in January 2021. And yes I wrote in my pajamas while sipping an oaky red and cursed critical essay writing the whole time and I deeply believe in its central theme and think you just might too so come on grab your bevie of choice and give it a readerly shot!
TRIBUTE POETRY RECITATION (voice/bass duo)
The Art of Disappearing by Naomi Shihab Nye
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This eBook is a visual essay I composed while pursuing my B.A. in Creative Writing from Florida State University, for a powerful course entitled "Literature and Culture of The Great Depression."
In 2016, I successfully presented this essay to the admissions committee of the Master of Arts in Teaching Literature Program at Bard College. Sadly, after attending my first semester in the program, I had to withdraw due to the demands of a personal tragedy.
Walt Whitman Practices Holding Up a New York Deli
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(Note of integrity: since recording this video, the poem has been revised for forthcoming publication.)
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