A Weekend on Washington Island

Last weekend my friend and I took our canine companions for a road trip to Washington Island in northern Wisconsin. To get there, we drove along the peninsula, then took a ferry.

Abe loves the water, and he was happy to have access to quiet beaches and an expanse of forest.

 

We watched a large thunderstorm roll in from People’s Park, and one day when we were walking in the garden, we heard a large crash at the edge of the forest. It was a tree, the leaves still green, it’s inside soft.

I spent my last evening on the island exploring, visiting Jackson Harbor, Stavkirke, and climbing the many steps to Mountain Park.

Reflections on Surrealism & Revolution

Throughout this course, I’ve gained an appreciation for and an awareness of the importance of the collective in artistic action. Mixed in with these observations, however, is the realization that academic communities are in a constant state of flux. Each year new friendships are strengthened, and then in the spring with graduation or fellowships, those friendships become long-distance connections. Year by year the community changes. I think, then, it becomes important to form friendships with incoming students and to branch out beyond the university to become part of non-academic communities.

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UWM Spring Awards

HoffmanAwardDuring the last week of classes, the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee holds an awards ceremony recognizing undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty for their writing and teaching.

This year I am honored to receive the Frederick J. Hoffman Award for my essay on Angela Carter’s short story “The Company of Wolves,” which I wrote in Professor José Lanter’s Magical Realism & Fabulism literature course in the Fall 2016 semester. As a creative writer, I’m thankful to have the opportunity to study with UWM’s wonderful literature faculty. I’m very grateful to receive this award and the support of the academic community at UWM; both mean a great deal to me as I finish my coursework and head into facing my preliminary exam.

Mapping the Lovers’ Derive

“I’m your audience, and you’re mine” (Bernstein 96).

In All the King’s Horses, Michele Bernstein portrays an open marriage between Genevieve and Gilles. They meet a young woman, Carole, whom they are both attracted to, and Gilles enters into a relationship with her.

The balance of power shifts when Gilles falls in love with Carole. Genevieve acknowledges this change, and the potential dangers: “For the first time, perhaps, he wasn’t sharing things with me” (43). Genevieve is blocked out of Gilles’ relationship on two levels. This sharing is both of information, and the physical act of sharing Carole.

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