About This Collection
First things first, I hope you enjoy what this collection has to offer. And yes, this truly is a collection more so than it is a blog. The majority of these pieces were written in other times, with other keys or graphite-smudged fingers, and many of these words were never initially intended for anyone, save a blank page.
You’ll find that most revolve around some central themes: nature, sense of place + culture, human – human / human – land / human – non-human relationships, and memory. These are just a few themes that fascinate, inspire, challenge me.
The pieces themselves, then, are grouped up top into three broad categories: Essays, Poetry, and Prose. They’re collections, but not at all dusty old relics on a shelf. I’ll be adding new work as I write it!
And finally… For four months (January – May 2020), I had planned to be somewhere new entirely: Senegal! To my dismay, the COVID-19 crisis forced an early return in mid-March. However, I was beyond fortunate to be wrapped up for two months in an incredible study abroad opportunity, which spawned many things: some good writing, good pictures, but most importantly, once-in-a-lifetime perspectives + connections. If you’d like to see a record of my time there, I posted what I could, when I could in the Senegal page above. I’d love it if you followed along.
I used to tell everyone who suggested (loudly and with a big stick) — from language instructors to my author mother to my English-teaching grandmother — that there was no way I’d ever enjoy writing as a hobby. To their told-you-so delight, and the ire of my childhood stubbornness… that’s changed.
Writing has become a go-to means to both process and crystallize my formal education, positions of leadership, relationships, wilderness expeditions, other travel experiences, day-to-day monotony (and excitement), and nature of my personal growth + change over time.
When I’m not messing around with words, you can probably find me playing music, climbing rocks + trees + occasionally more dangerous things (see those person-shaped specks at the top of that Utah arch?), cooking, or finding any reason to be inside or out with friends + family.
College may or may not be the best time of your life, but it certainly is one of the purely craziest for growth, reflection, and opportunity. I’m a rising senior at the University of Minnesota, though a borne-and-bred Wisconsinite (go Packers!).
Basically, thanks for coming along for the ride. I couldn’t tell you where this writing thing will lead, but for now I’m just happy to fill this little carving of the internet with some of it.