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Why I Struggle to Write (Even When I Really Want to)

The blinking black line on a blank white page produces a kind of anxiety familiar to most writers. For me, it’s a taunt. The insistent blinking asks me to do something, anything, other than continue to sit staring, with words caught somewhere between my brain and fingers. Which on a level is ridiculous because I’m… Continue reading Why I Struggle to Write (Even When I Really Want to)

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I’m Now Published in Academic Journal Queen City Writers

I'm excited to announce that a cultural studies piece I wrote is now live on the Queen City Writers website! Check out my article tracing the history of the word "queer" through the lens of Roland Barthes' concept of myth. This is my first academic publication -- yay!

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36% of American College Students Struggle with Food Insecurity

By Skylor Andrews | 4.19.18 Researchers from Wisconsin HOPE Lab and Temple University published a groundbreaking report this month examining studies of food insecurity on college campuses with disturbing results—  approximately 36 percent of college students are food insecure. Responding to this growing epidemic, educational institutions across the nation are opening student food pantries. Others… Continue reading 36% of American College Students Struggle with Food Insecurity

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Science and Art Meet in Schura’s Boomerang Workshop

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—  Calling back to arts and crafts class, Residence Life Area Coordinator Kyle Schura hosted a workshop Tuesday about boomerangs. Part of the ongoing What’s Up Doc? series, Schura educated the small audience in Hickok Hall via a short video and some personal stories. Schura, who holds Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and… Continue reading Science and Art Meet in Schura’s Boomerang Workshop

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Fulbrights and Poets, Struthers and Twemlow Read from New Works

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA—  Kesler Auditorium was abuzz Tuesday afternoon with students, faculty, and community members waiting for readings of the newest works from two Coe professors, Ann Struthers and Nick Twemlow. While disparate creatively, these poets share a rare background as Fulbright Scholars. These experiences informed the writing of both poets, though Struthers’ work centers… Continue reading Fulbrights and Poets, Struthers and Twemlow Read from New Works

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Nick Twemlow: Empowering Students Through Poetry

Community engagement typically conjures images of building houses, visiting nursing home residents, or tutoring young students. Envisioning a different kind of civic engagement, Nick Twemlow, Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies, started a new program bringing together his own Coe College students with local alternative high schoolers in an unlikely arena—  poetry. “I was… Continue reading Nick Twemlow: Empowering Students Through Poetry

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Professor Nick Twemlow: Empowering Students Through Poetry

Community engagement typically conjures images of building houses, visiting nursing home residents, or tutoring young students. Envisioning a different kind of civic engagement, Nick Twemlow, Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies, started a new program bringing together his own Coe College students with local alternative high schoolers in an unlikely arena— poetry. “I was… Continue reading Professor Nick Twemlow: Empowering Students Through Poetry