Andrea Slobodien ’13 has been writing songs since she was 6 years old. “I wrote this really silly little tune about dolphins,” she laughed. “They were my favorite animal.” Her piano teacher, who she studied with from five to 18, framed the sheet music for her song and put it up on his wall.
Named “one of the nation’s most influential and imaginative college professors” by Playboy, Johnson is an associate professor of English with an emphasis in creative writing. He is also a Whiting Writers’ Award recipient. His fiction has appeared in publications including Harper’s, The Paris Review and “Best American Short Stories” and Random House published his most recent novel, “The Orphan Master’s Son,” in January of this year.
Johnson was born in South Dakota and raised in Arizona. From an early age, he cultivated a probing sensibility to understanding the world around him. In his early childhood, Johnson’s favorite place was the Phoenix Zoo. His father, a zoo night watchman, would take his son out on evening excursions to see the animals. It was from these excursions that Johnson developed a growing awareness of the depth and multi-layered nature of stories.
What follows then is a defense of my intended profession, supplemented by a conversational interview with Kirstin Quade, a fiction writer who lectures here at Stanford.
Most Stanford students are familiar with the Hume Writing Center (HWC). As a hotspot for freshmen struggling with Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) assignments as well as graduate students plugging away at their dissertations, the Center seems to be going strong as it celebrates the tenth anniversary of its opening.
Two-time Academy Award-winning writer, producer and director Bill Guttentag spoke Thursday evening about his experience writing for film and television in discussion with Stanford English lecturer Hilton Obenzinger.
This is my last column. Four months ago, I was frantically e-mailing my editors my columnist application. Two years ago, I was telling people how I wanted to write a column, but was still scoping out the perfect topic…
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