Reading and writing are often seen as solitary acts, in constant clash with the energy and excitement of city life. But when I chose to move from my comfortable Minnesota suburb to pursue creative writing in Chicago a year and a half ago, it was with the hope that the city itself would serve as my inspiration. I have not been disappointed. Every new person I meet, or event I attend, confirm my belief that it is possible to infuse the grit and energy of city living with a passion for literature.
As I shed layer after layer of clothing with every
rising degree of the thermometer, I'm just beginning my first summer in
Chicago, where I plan on taking on the calendar full of projects
and activities that my break from schoolwork, fantastic new internship,
and cozy city apartment are bound to help me accomplish. I don't pretend to be an expert on the literary world, but that won't stop me from documenting my thoughts on my favorite books as well as the industry as a whole, alongside some notes on my everyday life. Buzzed on
caffeine and blinded by the city lights, I can't wait to get started.