An Artist Abroad

“And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.” —William Shakespeare, As You Like It

I am a writer, artist, and musician traveling through Ireland for three months as a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow in Poetry. This blog is an account of my adventures, my mistakes, and my interactions with the culture and landscape of a new country. Above all, it is a documentation of my artwork and my unique experience here as an artist.

I was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I grew up surrounded by the desert and mountains. New Mexico gave me an appreciation for landscape and inter-cultural communities and I will always be proud to call it my home. I received my BFA in Art Studio (Sculpture) and BA in English (Creative Writing) from the University of New Mexico in 2012, and did one studio-intensive exchange semester at the Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, Scotland) in 2010. At UNM, I worked intensively in the visual arts, writing, music, and theatre, and developed an interdisciplinary artistic practice. My final gallery show for my degree was an integration of ensemble-generated physical theatre, experimental music, and large-scale sculpture.

I went on to complete a one-year MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Boston University. I submitted a full manuscript for a book of poetry as my final thesis and then packed my bags for Ireland. The Global Fellowship acts as a culmination of the MFA, and currently, BU 2013 Global Fellows are all over the world, haviing completely unique travel and writing experiences. http://blogs.bu.edu/world/2013-fellows/

Outside of my artwork and academic work, my interests include reading (everything from poetry to sci-fi and fantasy), tennis, hiking and rock climbing, exercise in general, vegan/vegetarian food, the color green, turtles, traditional and folk music, and literary translation (particularly English to Spanish). Thank you for following my blog– I’ll try to make it worth your while!

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