• Tayler Boelk

    Tayler Boelk

    Class of 2017
    Duluth, MN
    English

    Tayler's Bio:
    My name is Tayler and I was an English major/biology minor at the College of St. Scholastica! I have lived in Duluth all of my life so I know all the best local restaurants and hiking trails. On campus, I was involved with The Cable, Bella Voce, the Northstar Reports, the McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services, and the English & Arts Club. Off campus, I volunteered with Mentor Duluth and enjoy throwing theme parties with friends and family.

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

  • Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction


Last Spring I took a creative writing poetry class for one reason: I hated poetry. It may seem counter-intuitive to sign up for a class on something I dislike, however, I was convinced that if I learned more about poetry and practiced it more I would learn to like it. I was right.

Reading and writing poetry was a challenge for me but the more we studied and practiced the more confident I became. Through this process I learned a lot about myself, things I don’t think I would have learned in any other class. My Professor, Ryan Vine, encouraged us not just to write the happy things in our lives, but the sad things, the hard things, and the angry things. Through the process of thinking, writing, editing, editing more, and editing again, I found a way to express myself.

The positive experience I had in Creative Writing: Poetry led me to pursue its sister class, Creative Writing: Fiction. So far, we are writing about a scene a week and each week has a new focus. These have included character development, dialogue, scene setting, and varying points of view.

Both of these classes have shaped up to be favorites. It is so refreshing to work on writing that isn’t your standard research essay or intertextual reading. They’ve also given me cool opportunities. This summer, one of my poems was published in a chapbook housed in the Twin Cities and I now have content if I ever decide I am brave enough to hit up open mic night!

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