Taking a Step Back: Reflecting on Writing and Validation

I’m not discouraged, but I now realize I’m in a place where I need to stop seeking validation. This is something I’ve been working through in my own life and somewhat in therapy, but I believe it’s time I put it fully to practice. For that reason, I’ve decided I’m going to stop submitting andContinue reading “Taking a Step Back: Reflecting on Writing and Validation”

Announcing Happy Pills at Oregon Fringe Festival 2021!

I’m so excited that my full-length play Happy Pills is being adapted into an audio/radio play and is heading to Oregon Fringe Festival 2021 at the end of April. I’ll have more later, but I hope you will tune in to hear my post-apocalyptic dystopian sapphic play. The actors are blowing me away, and soContinue reading “Announcing Happy Pills at Oregon Fringe Festival 2021!”

On Payoff in Eudora Welty and James Baldwin’s Works

Written in September 2016.  — In several writing classes I have taken thus far, the idea of ‘payoff’ has been discussed thoroughly and in many different ways. In my understanding of it, it has come to mean not necessarily giving an expected ending but not deviating from the story’s innate trajectory. I find different yetContinue reading “On Payoff in Eudora Welty and James Baldwin’s Works”

A Letter to Wilde

November 30, 2018 (or you would write it 30 November 2018) Dear Mr. Wilde, or whoever is reading this, First of all, I’m 24 and definitely old enough to understand and believe that there’s not necessarily an afterlife. However, it feels only fitting to address the person in the grave. You were not a perfectContinue reading “A Letter to Wilde”

A Short Response to Welcome to Thebes by Moira Buffini

March 2017. For a play with so many characters, Welcome to Thebes is easy to follow and contained neatly in the world it presents. The playwright Moira Buffini writes in the style of verse yet in her note claims it is not [verse]. At first I disagreed with this statement—obviously it’s verse, it is writtenContinue reading “A Short Response to Welcome to Thebes by Moira Buffini”

A Short Response to Mr. Burns: a post-electric play by Anne Washburn

February 14, 2017.  Reading and seeing Mr. Burns, a post-electric play were two completely necessary and significant experiences. Watching the show here at the University of Iowa helped inform my thoughts from the script itself; however, to those who had not read the play before seeing the show, they expressed confusion and even indifference to whatContinue reading “A Short Response to Mr. Burns: a post-electric play by Anne Washburn”