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Department of Creative Writing Reading Series – Chuck Klosterman

by Steph Jurusz

Cynthia Robinson and Chuck Klosterman (Photo credit Cynthia Robinson)

Cynthia Robinson and Chuck Klosterman (Photo credit Cynthia Robinson)

One of the most exciting things about being in Columbia College’s MFA program in nonfiction is that each semester the Department of Creative Writing hosts a poetry and nonfiction reading series in which professionally published poets and nonfiction writers are invited to hold readings on our campus. Often, the visiting authors will hold Q&A sessions with MFA students in an intimate setting, allowing students to ask in depth questions about the writer’s work and practice as well as any craft or publishing related questions.

Department of Creative Writing Reading Series – Chuck Klosterman

One of the most exciting things about being in Columbia College’s MFA program in nonfiction is that each semester the Department of Creative Writing hosts a poetry and nonfiction reading …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

I have to write WHAT?!

by Kaity Sinke

Thesis writing courtesy of "http://www.ecoevoblog.com"

Thesis writing courtesy of “http://www.ecoevoblog.com”

One of the biggest undertakings that we have as second year dance/movement therapy & counseling students here at Columbia College Chicago is the development of our thesis proposals. We are finally making decisions about when, where, what, why and how we are going to accomplish our research for our theses. One of the first and biggest steps towards accomplishing our thesis includes submitting a thesis proposal to the DTC (Departmental Thesis Committee) in order to get approval to move on to the next phase of the process!

I have to write WHAT?!

One of the biggest undertakings that we have as second year dance/movement therapy & counseling students here at Columbia College Chicago is the development of our thesis proposals. We are …

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA Kaity Sinke, kaitysinke@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Who’s Paying for this Film Anyway?

by Katie Sponseller

Desperate times call for desperate measures – I placed a donation bin on my desk at work!

Since arriving at Columbia, one of the most difficult and most frequently discussed topics from my cohort has been around the question of “So who pays for this film anyway?” And the immediate topic to follow is usually “So who owns this film anyway?” Both answers to those questions are lengthy and complicated.  I’m not going to, nor could I answer both of them in just one blog post. Nonetheless, the topic is hugely important so I want to share an aspect of the greater subject here.

Who’s Paying for this Film Anyway?

Since arriving at Columbia, one of the most difficult and most frequently discussed topics from my cohort has been around the question of “So who pays for this film anyway?” …

Cinema Art + Science - Creative Producing MFA Katie Sponseller, katie.sponseller@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The Artist, The Educator, The Advocate

by Jeni Crone

The lady pictured above is Jessica Burton. At the end of this semester we are all going to deserve a nap, but she will likely be the most deserving. Cohort 22 has been making a conscious effort to step up our game as Columbia College’s Student Chapter of the Illinois and National Art Education Association—that is to say, we have been working to strengthen our presence as arts education advocates in the greater community. Jessica is our Chapter President. And somehow, between planning demos, and with midterm paper and project deadlines looming, she is leading the efforts in planning a fundraiser. She is also the Student Government Association’s Graduate Senator. When my brain was too crowded to navigate online forms, I gave her my credit card and she even purchased my ticket for the aforementioned fundraiser for me, and registered me as a member of the NAEA—which I had literally been procrastinating on for a year. We are developing our practices as educators, but the coming month is about remembering to find some time to still make art, and taking on the role of promoting the importance of arts education as far as we can extend our reach.

The Artist, The Educator, The Advocate

The lady pictured above is Jessica Burton. At the end of this semester we are all going to deserve a nap, but she will likely be the most deserving. Cohort …

Education - Visual Arts MAT Jeni Crone, jennifer.crone@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Fall is here!

by Jasmine Clark

Filter Photo Festival photo booth

Filter Photo Festival takes place in Chicago every September. There are workshops, portfolio reviews, lectures, exhibition openings, and a lot more going on throughout the 4 days. As a gift to the grads, our chair provided each student with 2 portfolio reviews. It gives us a chance to have outside eyes on our work and potentially make new contacts in our industry. This year, I had Mike Itkoff, co-founder of Daylight Books and Paul Roth of Ryerson Image Centre review my work. They both provided me with artists to research and other ideas to consider moving forward.

Fall is here!

Filter Photo Festival takes place in Chicago every September. There are workshops, portfolio reviews, lectures, exhibition openings, and a lot more going on throughout the 4 days. As a gift …

Photography MFA Jasmine Clark, jasmine.clark@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Internship in LA: Steven Melin (Joel Goodman)

by Logan Stahley

Joel Goodman – photo credit: ascap.com

The capstone to the Music Composition for the screen MFA program is the summer internship in LA, where students intern with experienced Hollywood composers. Steven Melin, graduate of the class of 2014, had the opportunity to intern with Joel Goodman, who has worked on numerous documentaries including The American Experience. Joel is a very active composer, with seven movies coming out this year.

Internship in LA: Steven Melin (Joel Goodman)

The capstone to the Music Composition for the screen MFA program is the summer internship in LA, where students intern with experienced Hollywood composers. Steven Melin, graduate of the class …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Mental Health & Going to Graduate School

by Joshua C. Robinson

Credit: http://www.nami.org/

Credit: http://www.nami.org/

Bipolar Disorder Awareness day was on October 7, 2014 hosted by NAMI and Abbott laboratories, (maybe you’ve seen the vague advertisements for the company all over Chicago EL stops). In honor of Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day, I am writing this post.

Mental Health & Going to Graduate School

Bipolar Disorder Awareness day was on October 7, 2014 hosted by NAMI and Abbott laboratories, (maybe you’ve seen the vague advertisements for the company all over Chicago EL stops). In …

Business & Entrepreneurship MAM Joshua C. Robinson, JoshuaCDRobinson@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

An “Ode” to Hesitance

by Jennifer Ligaya

Hesitation. Photo Credit: http://www.iceis.pl/hesitate/hesitate_olivas,400.jpg

You. Stop me. In mid sentence. In mid thought
In perfect timing. Perfectly imperfect timing…

I’m watching you.

An “Ode” to Hesitance

You. Stop me. In mid sentence. In mid thought In perfect timing. Perfectly imperfect timing… I’m watching you.

Interdisciplinary Arts MA Jennifer Ligaya, jennifer.ligaya@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

I Work For The Columbia Poetry Review

by Justin Grogan

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So, it’s week 6 of the semester and the crazy community of editors and board members, whom work for the Columbia Poetry Review are finally meshing. The process of poetry selection is often of heated debate, where a rigorous rhetoric is defined and encouraged. In week 1, we might try and defend a poem purely based on personal interest, such as this poem made me laugh. However, by week 6 we have hit a collective mind think or organic vision of the journal. As a community that has engaged in such in-depth discourse, we have subconsciously formed an unknowing statement of poetics for the next issue we will publish.

I Work For The Columbia Poetry Review

So, it’s week 6 of the semester and the crazy community of editors and board members, whom work for the Columbia Poetry Review are finally meshing. The process of poetry …

Creative Writing - Poetry MFA Justin Grogan, jgrogan@colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Juke Cry Hand Clap

by Justin Botz

This semester I had the privilege of designing projections for Honey Pot Performance’s Juke Cry Hand Clap: A People’s History of House and Chicago Social Culture.

Juke Cry Hand Clap

This semester I had the privilege of designing projections for Honey Pot Performance’s Juke Cry Hand Clap: A People’s History of House and Chicago Social Culture.

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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