Family Stories

This short memoir piece explores how our family stories define us. What do we make of the stories we’re told by our parents or grandparents? How do those stories, or the lack of them, inform our lives? Who are we in the face of silence or answered questions?

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Teaching Creative Writing 101

Teaching Creative Writing 101

Teaching is always a challenge, but teaching an intro creative writing class to eighteen-year-old Minnesotans at the University of Minnesota practically landed this California teacher in the nut house. This short memoir piece chronicles my experience teaching my first creative writing class, struggling to have a personal life, and trying to finish my master’s degree in an alien land.

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Battle of the Bra

Battle of the Bra

What happens when a normal everyday woman looks for a normal everyday bra? Not what she expects! In this personal essay, the search for a staple of most women’s wardrobes leads to deeper questions about the female body, what is socially acceptable in a given society, and the media’s part in shaping a woman’s view of herself.

 

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