There was a huge part of me, when I graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor's in English and a concentration in Creative Writing, that wanted to go on to get my MFA. My writing professor and mentor, Paula Morris, had put my eye on the University of Iowa, and I placed it atop a pedestal. The University of Iowa became my dream school, and I planned to go there—right after I finished my year or two of teaching math in New York City.
The 2008 Recession toppled that house of cards. What I built after that was made of grittier stuff.Read More