First Impressions

The Casual Introduction

Hello, friend. I am someone who likes to write poetry with a tinge of inspiration from scientific discourse. Though it usually revolves around brain and cognitive studies, I’ve delved into some chemistry and other physical or mathematical sciences (which are topics, by the good grace of god, I should not be allowed to handle). My plethora of influences have their roots in psychology, then branched everywhere from archaeology to computer science.

What you’ll normally see on this blog are writing exercises that often lead to much stronger poems later on, hopefully to be viewed in a journal or other reputable outlet (e.g. my family’s kitchen table). Frankly, many of these are fragments or poems that were fun at first but felt lackluster to continue the editing process. “Tastes”, or “nuggets”, if you will.

I love discussion about my work or the writing of others. Please, feel free to drop a line or any other form of sensory input that catches my attention!

You can often find me playing violent (or violently adorable) video games on my PS4 and PC, fencing saber, listening to podcasts and European symphonic metal, or trying out radical new lipstick shades. Overall, I’m just adjusting to life as a college graduate. It’s a process – godspeed, my beautiful peers.

 

The Professional Introduction

Until May of 2017, I was a neuroscience and psychology student enrolled at Coe College, out in good ol’ Cedar Rapids, IA. Now, I am a student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Iowa, currently engaged in laboratory rotations concerning cognitive neurology. My previous research experiences focused on psychopharmacology with a smattering of neuroengineering. Basically, I’ve learned to inject bird abdomens and apply EEG caps.

At least I got to learn a little MATLAB along the way. Yay.

However, as is the proper etiquette as an attendee of a liberal arts institution, my majors were supplemented with a creative writing minor. I worked as a poetry editor on The Coe Review for three years, an international literary magazine that publishes fiction and poetry. I’ve been writing for about a decade now, starting with my father sporadically encouraging me to read Poe’s The Black Cat. Since this date, I’ve accumulated over one thousand poems in my history. They’ve scurried to many corners of the world and web alike, so my fingers are beginning to feel like cobwebs. My recently published pieces will appear under the “Publications” tab.

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