Entries in WVU (22)

Sunday
Jun022019

Last (W)rites

It's been a busy time for publications and interviews. Here's one from WVU Magazine

Wednesday
Jan162019

New Semester

A snowy new semester is underway at WVU. Before that, I spent a little time going to events at West Virginia Wesleyan College's residency for their MFA program. So a few pictures to start our new year!

Saturday
Feb102018

Vital Signs: Engaging Medicine and the Arts

Thursday, Feb. 8th I gave my (WVU) Honors Faculty Fellows lecture, "Vital Signs: Engaging Medicine and the Arts." 

From the lecture:

"One of the things we collect data about in the infusion center from the patients has to do with Quality of Life. Before this project, I would have never really thought about Quality of Life, but now I think about it all the time. In the infusion center, we use an instrument called the McGill Quality of Life questionnaire. Developed in 1996, this instrument is widely used with people with life threatening illnesses, and specifically palliative patients. While Quality of Life can be tricky to assess, the creators of the McGill instrument came up with a compelling definition of quality of life, published by the American Cancer Society: 'Quality of Life studies and measurements serve to prevent a devastating separation of a patient’s body from a patient’s biography during the delivery of care'."

And about working the infusion center:

"The first time I walked in to get a patient story, my stomach clenched with worry. Although I’d worked with Jamie Shumway intensively, and even though I’d prepared, written and received grants with Dr. Grey, I wondered if the project would really work. Maybe I wouldn’t be able to do it, not be good enough. Maybe all the patients would say no. I went in anyway, introduced myself that very first day to my first patient story. In one of the other cubicles, a patient got married before receiving the first treatment of chemo." 

Thanks to all who attended.

Thursday
Sep072017

Women of Appalachia Project 

I'm very pleased to announce that I'll be part of the Women of Appalachia Project with the first event at the Downtown Library at WVU on September 30, 2017, 1-3 PM. I'll be sharing three poems, and my good friend Natalie Sypolt will be reading fiction. 

Saturday
May132017

Grier School and Graduation

A BIG THANK YOU to Kara Lawler and the lovely young women at the Grier School for Girls, for an engaging afternoon of poetry and writing discussion in their newly redecorated coffee barn. I forgot to take pictures this go-round, but here is one from a past visit:

Coffee Barn at the Grier School.

It is also graduation weekend at WVU. I just wanted to say congrats to all my students and advisees walking in this weekend's ceremony. Good luck to you all!