When I began my undergraduate degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, my roots were in concrete and visual poetry. I focused heavily on writting on the page—or rather, all over the page. As my time in the writing program progressed, I found myself experimenting in all kinds of craft. I really wanted to learn as much about writing every way I could. Outside of school, however, I often found myself at a local storytelling show run by Jeremy Owens called You're Being Ridiculous. Since Jeremy is married to my high school english teacher and mentor, Andy Fine, I was able to attend many of the shows. I quickly became interested in the live aespect of storytelling that I went on to perform on the show myself, as well as write my entire thesis as nonfiction essays. Since then, I've written more nonfiction essays, and it's become the heart of my writing practice.
Below are several nonfiction essays for your reading pleasure: