Hello to all of our W.O.O.T.S. readers. My name is Acacia Blackwell, and I, along with Kaitlyn, work as an intern with Writers in the Schools. I am currently a senior at Lewis and Clark College, majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. My own writing, inspired by my lovably neurotic family, the landscape of my Pacific Northwest upbringing, and my experiences traveling abroad in India and Nepal, is limited so far to the short story form. But, perhaps, a novel someday…? I plan to apply to MFA programs in the next couple of years.
I got connected with Literary Arts at the suggestion of my writing professor, and joined the team in January of 2011.
My work centers mainly on assisting with setting up writer residencies, helping with our student anthology readings, and helping to arrange both the print and digital anthologies of student work that we put out each year.
However, I have also had some wonderful opportunities outside the office, such as attending lectures and author visits, sitting in on Tom Brokaw’s visit with a few Wilson students, and helping out with the Oregon Book Awards.
My experience at Literary Arts in the last year has been wonderful.
I have had the opportunity to work with the incredible staff, and be a part of an arts organization that has had and continues to have such an immense impact on this community.
I look forward to continuing to work with WITS this semester!