Category Archives: Writing

Completing my MFA; Entering the Void

Normally, by this point in the school week, I would have long since written the requisite blog post for my Immersion in Publishing class. This week, however, I’ve been dragging my heels. When I paused to assess the reason for … Continue reading

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Soul Erosion

You are the seed I am contemplating, as if I were soil feeling nourished enough to offer a place for deep roots, as if I were grounded. I am like a traveler, however, passing through; sections of me eroding, year after year.

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My Essay Featured on Agate Magazine

One of the many rewards that flowed from my yearlong training to become a master steward of the St. Croix Watershed is the connection I made with Sharon Day, an Ojibwe water protector and leader of Nibi “Water” Walks. I joined Day … Continue reading

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The Work of Adulting . . .

never ends. I’m so pleased and proud to have an essay publish on Grown and Flown this week. The essay explores a few difficult junctures of letting go as my oldest–my daughter–has spread her wings in life. Please check it out! H teaching her little … Continue reading

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#AWP17 Conference Report — Kim MacQueen on “Digital Pedagogy for Beginners”

Originally posted on Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies:
#AWP17 Panel: F124. Digital Pedagogy for Beginners Description: From podcasts to Twitter essays to .gif novels, digital storytelling is on the rise. This panel is aimed at instructors interested in experimenting…

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#AWP17 Conference Report — Heidi Fettig Parton on “The Craft of Empathy”

Originally posted on Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies:
#AWP17 Panel Report: F151 The Craft of Empathy Description: Writing with empathy in mind, especially in nonfiction, can create texture in our work and be transformative for both writer and reader.…

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Timeline Math: How Endings Begin

I like “timeline” math. It’s really the only kind of math I enjoy. Here’s an example of how it works: I zero in on a number, like my youngest son’s age. He’s lived seven and a half years, as of … Continue reading

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