Gas Station Americana

A short absurdist rumination on what happens when pigs fall onto a the Shell station halfway between Phoenix and Las Vegas. Fiction piece submitted and accepted for IOLit’s “Refractions” page, summer 2018. Read here!

What Are Prisons For?: Rhetoric of Incarceration Reflection

Written in December 2017 as part of Whitman College’s pioneering Rhetoric, Incarceration, and Civic Engagement course, taught and facilitated by Dr. Heather Hayes. The students of this course meet weekly for a full fifteen week semester at the prison in Walla Walla, WA (aka Washington State Penitentiary). Those efforts culminated in a public town hall discussion where students presented a number of …

Off Campus Studies Blog: Prague

Hello—or, as the Czechs say, ahoj! From January 2017 – May 2017, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, as part of CIEE’s Central European Studies program. I lived with a host family, took classes at Charles University and FAMU, the oldest film school in the world, and explored Europe for the first time—but most importantly, …

Stowaway: Imaginative Opening Sequence Script

During my time studying in Prague in spring of 2017, I enrolled in a “Filming the Unfilmable” screenwriting course taught by author and playwright Neil Taylor at Prague’s Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). The assignment: incorporate the entirety of The Carpenters’ 1970 album “Close to You” into a 6-page opening sequence for a full-length feature film set …

“The Truest Trump of All”: Donald Trump and the Social Ramifications of Saturday Night Live

Written December 2016 as the final project for Whitman College’s 300-level Film Theory class. A rumination on liveness and surveillance in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and its intersections with Saturday Night Live. The biggest star of Saturday Night Live this season is not the hilariously candid Leslie Jones, the first-ever Latina cast member Melissa Villaseñor, or the acerbic Michael Che from the show’s …