We are: writing, teaching, contexting and contesting, media-ing, theory-ing, anecdoting and unapologizing.
Nicole is a recovering academic with four degrees in English Literature. She works as an adjunct professor for the Community College System of New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire University. Selections from her PhD thesis, The Daughters of Modron: Evangeline Walton’s Feminist Re-visioning of The Mabinogi, were published in Welsh Mythology and Folklore in Popular Culture (2011) and Assuming Gender (Spring 2013). Her research interests include, but are not limited to: feminist theory, folklore and fairy tales, and genre fiction. The Recovering Academic project is an exploration of the liminal space where academia meets art, and is the first step in her journey as a freelance writer. She shares this liminal space in a beautiful corner of New England with her artist/musician husband and their small, neurotic cat.
Erica is a recovering academic who observes the world around her and writes about it in the form of poems, songs, creative non-fiction, invented vocabularies, and potable quotables.
After teaching English in Spain, Czech Republic, China, and working as a chalet host in the French Alps, Erica found herself pursuing an MA and then PhD in English Literature in the charming capital city of Wales: Cardiff. There she stayed for 7 long years before deciding to leave some relationships behind for the sanity of her mind.
Erica carries a notebook or her iPad wherever she goes so she can write down the immediate lyrical lines that flow out of her brain. Her favorite poem by Emily Dickinson is, she thinks, about this exact creative urgency. Erica writes (from memory):
I felt a cleaving in my mind
As if my brain had split;
I tried to match it, seam by seam,
But could not make them fit.
The thought behind I strove to join
Unto the thought before,
But sequence ravelled out of reach
Like balls upon a floor.
The concept of losing thoughts is currently fascinating to Erica and she will do some philobservations about the topic for a few weeks.
Today, Erica is so lucky because, at Wheelock College in Boston, she gets to work with wonderful students from thirty different countries and all of the Earth’s continents, helping them to discover their inner critics and sculpt the shadows of their dreams into a reality.
For academic history, please see “Publications” tab.