Sunday, March 28, 2010

Hello All

Hi everyone,

I was accepted into the Colorado State University MFA (poetry emphasis) a month or so ago, and into this blog/community a few weeks later. Yey for all that. I won't spend much time going into my decision or application process, because that was pretty simple. I applied to CSU (only) and was accepted there. I was very fortunate.

But, I thought I'd pass along a little background information about myself. Graduated from BSU with an English Degree with a Writing Emphasis in 2003, picked up an MA out of indecision and partially boredom in 2005, and then spent 5 years away from the university. During that time I quit most all 'poery' writing and focused on making (short) films.

It's been a long, awkward road back to writing poems, and one I'm sure I'll get into at some point. While theres no doubt poetry is important to me, I've learned I have to seek other creative outlets besides just poetry--and that will be the challenge for me, during my MFA. Sure I'm excited to be studying poetry and to have all that time to write, don't get me wrong. But, my sanity is going to be dependent on finding and pursuing those other outlets. I think.

Of course, that's the way I feel today, and could change in a few months, when I show up to campus and meet everyone. For now, I'm finishing up a short film, shooting one more before I leave, writing a (gasp) 'novel' (?), and hoping I've made the right choice to pursue the MFA.

I don't have a blog, but I have a website I haven't updated in like 3 months:

Nice to 'meet' you all.


  1. Welcome, Tim! I'm interested to see how you balance pursuits outside of poetry. That's what I'm going to try to do, starting this summer, when I start trying to write some spec scripts to submit to a few tv writing fellowships next year. I worry about my poetry getting left behind or that I'm somehow cheating on it lol. But I can't shake this other idea so I have to go for it too! Anyway, all this to say, I feel you. You are definitely an all-around creator, which I think is awesome.

  2. Your journey sounds similar to mine and interestingly enough I found video as one of the outlets when I came back to poetry that kept me going :) Good luck to you!

  3. Hi there! I'm going to be at CSU in the fall for poetry, too. Can't wait!


  4. Congrats on your acceptance, and welcome to the blog :)

  5. You applied to one school and got in? That's pretty amazing, isn't it?

  6. Hi JayTee: I say go for it. Poetry wouldn't be falling behind. It'd just be finding its place. Or that's the mindset I have on a good day.

    Jessie: I'd love to see some of it.

    Radioactivepal: Sweet!

    Evylyn: I don't think so.

  7. Hey Tim,

    Welcome to the blog, fellow new MFAer. Looking forward to reading your dispatches from Fort Collins!



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