The godsend that is Google landed me on the 49 Writers website. I was sitting at a computer desk in my school’s library doing what I spend most of my time in the library doing, procrastinating. I had been trying my best to figure out what I might do with my last summer as a college student, and every rabbit trail I’d chased had resulted in a dead end. Once I found the 49 Writers website and blog my heart began to race a bit and I immediately sent an email inquiring as to whether the center would be open to accepting a rookie, non-Alaskan, summer intern— not in those exact words, granted. After a few more emails back and forth and a submitted resume, this shot in the dark became a reality when I booked my ticket for
. I have been thrilled about making the journey to Anchorage and the 49 Writers community ever since. Alaska
I am an east Tennessean, born and raised in and around the
Right now, some of my favorite books are Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions by Maurice Manning, Thirst by Mary Oliver, A Mercy by Toni Morrison, and Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger—although, isn’t that one of everyone’s favorite books? I’m currently reading Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt and Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. A lot of my own writing has to do with travel and sense of place. Right now I’m working on a collection of poems called “Wayfarer” which documents some experiences I’ve been lucky enough to have in
, Panama , and Thailand . When I’m not studying or writing I love to be outside and I spend as much time as I can outside: kayaking, hiking, and biking with my friends. India
What I most hope to gain from an internship this summer is insight into how a community of writers work in support of one another’s craft and also reach out to their community. I want to watch and learn how the 49 Writers community operates and functions, and jump in and help wherever I can. I am honored to have been given this opportunity and look forward to meeting the faces of the 49 Writers community very, very soon.