Tell us about yourself!
This is my first time living outside Tennessee, and it’s wildly exciting! I got my BA in 2016 and have been working various odd jobs ever since, always holding some vague idea of graduate work in the back of my mind. During this stretch, I wrote a lot of poetry and taught creative writing in East Tennessee jails after my shifts at boutique hotels and high-end jewelry shops. The contrast was, to say the absolute least, odd.
Beyond that, I love hiking and cooking and bourbon, and I cannot wait to wander the green spaces up here.
Why did you choose Lehigh?
The emphasis Lehigh’s English Department places on social justice peaked my interest (as did the fully-funded MA). I felt, through my work with incarcerated students, the immediate connection between social justice and literature but had not exactly articulated it, let alone encountered an English department expressly committed to it. Lehigh’s is the only program that I applied to.
What is your favorite book outside your field of study?
I think asking an English scholar for his/her favorite book is a little sadistic. That said, my favorite book that I’ve read this year is Zadie Smith’s On Beauty. It’s a lovely novel about crumbling relationships; it is also pretty damning of academic culture.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
I’m most looking forward to growing as a writer and articulating myself better.