Lately, I've been really interested in my own understanding of the notion of "craft." Some of my research has led me to believe that much of this understanding has been reduced solely to construction, aesthetics, and imitation. Yet, what might it look like to expand this notion? How does inspiration play a role? I explore some of these questions in my craft essay "Toward Inspiration as Craft," now up at CRAFT Literary Magazine.
How do writers approach grief and loss? It is a question that interests me on both a personal and academic level. In Writing History, Writing Trauma, Dominick LaCapra writes that it is very much a "process of acting out, working over, and to some extent working through analyzing and 'giving voice' to the past" (186). Thank you to Talking Writing for featuring an essay of mine titled "Something Like Sand" in which I work through my own experiences with grief. You can read it here.
I like the idea of continually pushing the boundaries of my own writing and am very excited that my visual essay "Notitia" is now live up at A Bad Penny Review. You can watch it here.
Much thanks to Naima Tokunow and Puerto del Sol for publishing my very short essay "From Where Do You Speak?" as part of their Black Voices Series. A mini-interview follows the essay. It deals indirectly with imposter syndrome, which is one of the most challenging aspects about academia. Thankful to BVS for giving space to this and so much amazing writing by black-identified writers, including these pieces by I.S. Jones and Simone Savannah <3