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When I think of all the things I absolutely love to do, writing poetry is the main thing that jumps into my mind. I find that I can express myself so easily through poetry. Maybe it's the meter; maybe it's the rhyme. Either way, writing is a very important part of my life.

I took a few classes in creative writing at UNC. I loved every minute of it. In fact, it didn't seem like I was going to class at all because I got to get up and go do something I love to do. I decided fall semester of my sophomore year that I wanted to do creative writing as a minor. Unfortunately, the school did not admit me into the program. Instead, I received my minor in dramatic art. At least it's some form of creativity. Regardless of the rejection, I enjoyed writing those poems and working under the deadline that the instructor posed. Sometimes I do better under pressure, and sometimes I would have to take days to get the poem the way I would like it to be before I submitted the rough draft. But either way, I never look at writing poetry as a type of homework assignment. In fact, the major project in intermediate poetry writing was a portfolio of all the poems written that semester, plus an appendix with paragraphs describing the style and content of each poem. After piecing this portfolio together, I had never been so proud of any other class assignment I had ever done.

I have been published in a few things since I have begun writing. First, I was published in a compilation book for amateur writers. But better than that, I have been published in literary magazines at UNC. It's a thrill to know that something I have written was appreciated enough to make it into a literary magazine, and that others can see the poems I worked so hard to create.

The last thing I would like to include on this section of my site (besides samples of my work) is a thank you to my creative writing teachers thus far. I would like to thank Allan Shapiro for teaching me the fundamentals of poetry writing. Before I took his class, I only wrote in free style. But he helped me learn that meter can open a whole new perspective to poetry. He helped me learn how to grasp the challenge of writing metrically, and now that's the only way I like to write. I also would like to thank Margaret Rabb. She is one of the best teachers I think I had in college. Not only does she strive to help her students write the best that they can, but she is also open to new ideas and commentary from her students as well. She has been an encouragement to me, and I hope that she has also encouraged many others. Thank you so much, both of you.

If you were interested in my poems and would like to see more, feel free to email me.

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