writing samples

The title is self-explanatory.

 

Disclaimer: I write novels under the pen name Hayden Sharpe.

01

when life imitates art: it can and has (may 3, 2017)

The Miami University Theatre and English departments are holding a staged reading of the play adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's "It Can't Happen Here" on May 2nd, 2017. I was asked to write about the process and ideologies behind the play, and its history in light of recent political events. 

02

letterpress: printing from the past (may 3, 2017)

I'm passionate about letterpress. I'm a big fan of the process ever since I started taking the course in January 2017. When a friend asked me to write an article for the Miami Quarterly about events going on on campus, a visiting letterpress printer's event came to mind. The library and art department hosted Jennifer Farrell from Chicago's Starshaped Press, and I wrote about it.

03

ace of hearts (the fem, spring 2017)

Ace of Hearts (stylized as 🂱) is a poem in four parts; black, gray, white, and purple. It is a... sensitive poem, one that's close to my heart. It deals with sexuality (or lack thereof). They're thoughts I think all the time, but this time they're all in one place, in one poem. The Miami University Femellectual's theme for its 2017 issue was "Clarity." Ace of Hearts is my clarity, and it was accepted.

04

ace of hearts (inklings, may 3, 2017)

Ace of Hearts (stylized as 🂱) is a poem in four parts; black, gray, white, and purple. It is a... sensitive poem, one that's close to my heart. It deals with sexuality (or lack thereof). I wasn't expecting to be accepted to Inklings at all, much less for this poem. 

05

an ode to free time (april 25, 2017)

I don't write much poetry; I'll get that out of the way right now. But sometimes I do. I wrote a series of three odes to things in my life, one of which was accepted for publication in one of my university's literary magazines, Happy Captive. I read "An Ode to Free Time" at the release party on April 25th, 2017. (An Ode to Free Time begins on page 30 of Happy Captive Volume 3.)

06

impressions of beauty (october 11, 2016)

When studying abroad in Luxembourg (August to December 2016), I visited Giverny, France to explore Monet's gardens. I've wanted to visit the gardens since I was about five; needless to say, it was a dream come true to actually be there. I was taking a course on travel writing while in Luxembourg, and wrote an article about Monet's gardens. My professor submitted it to a travel blogging website called Wonderfilled. They published the article a year to the day after my initial trip.

Please note: the Wonderfilled website is "under construction."

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