Friday, November 5, 2010

I've Done Some Good Writing Lately

In the last few weeks I've written some interesting pieces - interesting to write - and now that I look back - interesting to read - for Inside Spelman, the college's monthly online publication, which I edit. If you get a chance to check them out, I'd love to know what you think. Here are some excerpts to whet your appetite:

Creative Writing Series Features Award-Winning Poets

For this piece I got a chance to connect with two amazing writers, Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey and Kyle Dargan, editor of cool literary journal, Post No Ills Magazine. Hearing them read from their work and engage with students as Spelman launched their first creative writing series was stimulating.

"Dargan and Trethewey let attendees into their personal spaces by reading from works that revealed how they used writing to work through painful events from their pasts. The Pulitzer Prize winning Tretheway, who holds the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University, read searing and sensitive prose from her most recent book, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” Dargan’s selected readings of his works about his family and relationships were affecting and at times humorous." Check out the rest of the article.

The Video: Spelman Creative Writing Series: Natasha Trethewey & Kyle Dargan

The Will to Serve

"For some, the military is in their blood. For others, service is their calling. For all, balancing the demands of being a full-time Spelman student and a member of the armed services is an impressive challenge to undertake."

I learned a great deal interviewing Spelman students who are also in the ROTC programs for the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marines. Yes, they have rigorous schedules, many up before 5 a.m. daily for training and studying for the eight extra classes they must complete as part of their requirements. And their ambition is impressive.

There is a dual-degree, physics and nuclear engineering major who wants to use her military experience working on nuclear reactors on ships to improve energy in U.S. power plants. When the Navy opened up submarine warfare to women in March, another was named one of the first 36 women in the country selected for submarine tour duty.

I was proud to get to know these women who have the will to serve.

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