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    I have the privilege of participating in an annual review at my university. It’s stressful, of course, but incredibly rewarding. I get to compile a list of all of the “professional” stuff I do each year, and it’s really just a supportive conversation about goals and personal growth.  There’s that voice nagging at me, though. I don’t know about you, but I get hit […]

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    July 7, 2014
    by Nicole Oquendo

      I finished a new essay the other night. Writing it was more of a struggle than usual, and I felt myself reaching to find the descriptions that usually come easy to me. The musicality of the sentences wasn’t there. The whole thing felt like a mess, really, and a poor reflection of what I know I can do. Needless to say, this bummed me […]

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    May 22, 2014
    by Nicole Oquendo

    I was hoping you could give me some writing advice. For a long while I’ve been having a hard time getting into my writing. I know writer’s block can happen once in a while, but this is getting to be an every day issue for me. It’s starting to worry me. Any ideas as to what I can do to prevent this and motivate myself […]

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    April 27, 2014
    by Nicole Oquendo

    In this month without a post, I’ve been quiet, but not silent. In honor of National Poetry Month, I’ve been participating in the Sundress Publications NaPoWriMo! 30/30 project. In case you’re confused by the lingo (I was), this means I was tasked with writing 30 poems in 30 days, and posting my attempts for all to see.  You can view this work here for another few […]

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    Update: manuscript submissions are no longer unfamiliar territory. In the last couple of weeks, between two chapbooks and a nonfiction manuscript, I’ve sent out over fifty submissions. This has been time-consuming and expensive, but so worth it. So far, I’ve had a pair of collaborative poems picked up by Menacing Hedge. I’ll link when they become available in April. I’ll say this, though: for […]

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    January 27, 2014
    by Nicole Oquendo

    I’m about to submit my nonfiction manuscript for the first time, and the experience is definitely shining a light on gaps in my knowledge. I’m very comfortable with the idea of my work being out in the world, even my nonfiction, so that isn’t the part that induces hesitation. It’s that this is unfamiliar territory for me. I know that the manuscript is ready. […]

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    January 15, 2014
    by Nicole Oquendo

    I’m the worst at acknowledging when a writing project is done.  If you know me, you know that I’ve been sitting on a “finished” nonfiction manuscript for over a year. Recently, I also completed my first chapbook, and am in the revision phase of a second (a collaboration, but more on this later).  It’s so hard to look at any of these projects and […]

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    January 5, 2014
    by Nicole Oquendo

    A couple of months ago I had the privilege of being interviewed by a student I’ve never taught for a class project. We spent a long Sunday afternoon on campus getting to know one another, filling the empty space with excited chattering that got progressively louder as the hours passed. Eventually, we got to the interview questions, which were brilliant. I’m including some short […]

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    December 28, 2013
    by Nicole Oquendo

    I’ve been teaching for almost six years now, and one thing that always bothers me about the way degree program requirements are set up is that for some students, there’s no freedom to learn about anything not related to their declared major. This is especially evident at places where students are working towards accelerated degrees. My students are doing in 2-3 years what most […]

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