Characters as Translations: Thoughts on Cathy Park Hong’s Dance Dance Revolution

Cathy Park Hong’s collection of poetry, Dance Dance Revolution, is a linguistic masterpiece.  Narrated by an Historian who is transcribing the words of a Guide in the Desert, an invented resort city, the narrative goes from English to Korean to Spanish to Latin.  It explores the borders that exist in countries and in minds.  It expands the … Continue reading Characters as Translations: Thoughts on Cathy Park Hong’s Dance Dance Revolution

Decaffeinated

I never thought I would give up caffeine.  I drank coffee twice a day, in obscenely large servings.  At the dining hall, I drank it out of those soup bowls with handles because the coffee cups were too dinky.  If there was some reason I couldn’t get 8 hours of sleep, I’d just have an … Continue reading Decaffeinated

Things I Have Needed to Google While Editing My Writing Sample for MFA Applications

I’ve been working on applications to MFA programs for Creative Writing.  What I’ve learned in my brief foray into the land of MFAs is that sending a good writing sample is the most important thing ever.  Legend has it, if you send a good writing sample, good things will happen.  You’ll get accepted.  You’ll get … Continue reading Things I Have Needed to Google While Editing My Writing Sample for MFA Applications