1. Year and major?
I am a first-semester junior majoring in Creative Writing and planning for the +1 in Public Policy.
2. What’s something you like to do?
I really like to eat. I get really excited about traveling or leaving campus because of all of the different vegan eats I will get to try. I work at Whole Foods once a week in Berkeley and I actually look forward to it because of all the goodies I know I will get at work.
3. What kind of writing do you do? What inspires you to write?
Writing is a way for me to breathe. It is an outlet that I have grown to depend on through trying times in my life and as a Gemini, it is something that comes very naturally to me. I love the creation process—how things come to be—birth, existence, all of it. Writing is a process that I feel bridges the gap of the concrete and the abstract because, yes, you have words on a page but they were born from the writer’s mind.
I write mostly poetry and a little bit of fiction. I like to write about nature, but I will also write about things like domestic violence, death, and cities I’ve fallen in love with.
4. Can you tell us about The Mills Poetry Slam Club and why you decided to start the club?
The Mills Poetry Slam Club is a club that aims to highlight the talent that exists at Mills College and to bring the poems out of the poets here. We meet every Thursday in the Bender Room from 8:30-9:30. We are going to have bi-monthly poetry slams on campus and the first one is happening Thursday, November 21st in the Bender Room from 8:30-10:30!! The club is open to all in the Mills community and I encourage everyone to explore spoken word! It can be a very liberating experience and I think it is important to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones.
After the November 21st the club will hibernate until the Spring semester. There is also interest around forming a team for CUPSI (College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational), which would be a total dream to participate in. I’m really keen on focusing on growth and fun rather than competition because I don’t like seeing things as a contest. As I mentioned before, I’m all about process and I think spoken word is a great way to get creative while also getting brave.
Knowing how incredible the spoken word scene is in the Bay Area and knowing how many creative writers there are at Mills, I was hoping that I would find a lot of poetic action happening on campus and I saw an opportunity to bring some vibrancy to Mills.
5. Is there a book or other piece of writing that you’re currently reading or recently read that you enjoyed?
The Fuck-Up by Arthur Nercesian was the last book I read before the semester started, which I liked a lot but The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz was probably the best book I’ve read all year.
Thank you Amanda!!
Check out the Mills Poetry Slam Club on Thursdays in the Bender Room from 8:30-9:30!
And hope to see you at the first slam on Thursday, November 21st in the Bender Room from 8:30-10:30!