Whee! Going to be adding…

Whee! Going to be adding a new course in the fall, Introduction to American Literature. I've never taught a huge survey class like that before (huge in terms of scope, not class size, thankfully), but am looking forward to an interesting challenge.

They started me out with just creative writing and postcolonial lit, which were, of course, my core foci in grad school, but I have to say, I really enjoy these new courses. The pop culture class has been fabulous the last few years, and I'm SO looking forward to the women in literature course in the spring. (Macbeth! Tiptree and Russ! Persepolis!)

New preps are more work, of course, but the truth is, I think I would have gotten bored with just post-co and creative writing every semester, year after year after year. This is better. If I haven't said it before, I'll say it now -- going back for that Ph.D. was one of the best decisions I made in my life; if I'd stayed with just the MFA, teaching these classes wouldn't have been an option.

One of life's happy accidents -- if I hadn't followed Kevin to Utah (somewhat over his objections, given how rocky our relationship was at that point), I might never have known there was such a thing as a Ph.D. with an emphasis in creative writing. My life would have been so very different.

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