Ethnicity Studies

Brief thoughts provoked by the AME racial terror shooting in CharlestonĀ 

I have a lot of thoughts right now, about systemic racism, systemic violence, systemic extremism, and white privilege. They aren’t well-organized as of now, and anytime I find myself starting to engage, I stop because I don’t have the right words. Just a small observation, though: if you start a comment with “I’m not racist”… Continue reading Brief thoughts provoked by the AME racial terror shooting in CharlestonĀ 

american literature · Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Politics of Education

Culture and Imperialism: a brief note

One thing to sum up my experience reading this book: exhausting. Often when I read theory I wish there were more concrete examples, so I can make sure I understand the point trying to be made. Not so with Edward Said. He’s nothing but examples. Exhaustive examples. I got his point 30 pages in. This… Continue reading Culture and Imperialism: a brief note

american literature · Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Writing

Connecting the Dots: Intellectual Collage

I remember being part of a focus group my senior year as an undergraduate. It was my English Capstone course, and this sociology student came in and asked us questions about how we felt about the course. Most of us were disgruntled. The course seemed designed for students who had never held jobs and hadn’t… Continue reading Connecting the Dots: Intellectual Collage

art · graduate school · memoir · Native American Studies · personal · Writing

Emerald City Nostalgia and Red Dirt Revelations

I wrote this piece as part of an application to a writer’s residency. It’s a new kind of writing for me, but it’s the kind of writing that I want to do–intellectual work informed by personal experience. My intellectual pursuits makeup most of my life, and I always feel as if my academic projects contain… Continue reading Emerald City Nostalgia and Red Dirt Revelations