The Count in the Ivory Tower: Gender Parity in MFA Programs

The Count in the Ivory Tower: Gender Parity in MFA Programs

A graduate PhD student and a tenured professor walk into a coffee shop—sounds like the beginning of a hackneyed joke. Instead, it’s the catalyst for...

Report from the Field: On (Not) Reporting Sexual Violence

Report from the Field: On (Not) Reporting Sexual Violence

During my first six months of graduate school I was stalked and sexually harassed by a guy in my cohort. We were both about thirty...

Report from the Field– Speak Test: The Silencing of the Racialized Body

Report from the Field– Speak Test: The Silencing of the Racialized Body

In my third year as an MFA student, I received an email from my English department requesting that I schedule and pass a Spoken English...

The House With Feet: The Dire Importance of Ruth Stone’s Bequest

The House With Feet: The Dire Importance of Ruth Stone’s Bequest

“Who are the women who brought my great-grandmother tea and straightened her bed? As anemone in midsummer, the air cannot find them and grandmother’s been...

Some Questions About Empathy and Reading

Some Questions About Empathy and Reading

First Questions: The Limits of Empathy I taught two creative writing courses as a graduate student. My undergraduates wanted answers and rules, and instead I...

SUBMITATHON! as Applied Feminist Epistemology: Rejecting Models of Scarcity, Believing in Plenty

SUBMITATHON! as Applied Feminist Epistemology: Rejecting Models of Scarcity, Believing in Plenty

I. When I was a Stanford sophomore I took a class called Feminist Epistemology—I know, right?—that looked at ways of learning and doing and knowing...