Marginalia, Graduate Blog

The Middle of the Way

by Justin Grogan

Sunset

It’s officially summer and the realization that I won’t be returning to classes in the fall is setting in. I am of course delighted and fueled with joy over taking the next steps in my life, however, there is a part of me that knows just how much I will miss seeing my fellow classmates and professors.

The Middle of the Way

It’s officially summer and the realization that I won’t be returning to classes in the fall is setting in. I am of course delighted and fueled with joy over taking …

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

Immense Power from A Seven Letter Word

by Jennifer Ligaya

youlifeyourway.net

youlifeyourway.net

Passion

I wrote that word at the top of the page and stared at it for a few minutes.  I sat within the feelings it has given and left me with. They are beautiful. I had no choice but to follow.

Immense Power from A Seven Letter Word

Passion I wrote that word at the top of the page and stared at it for a few minutes.  I sat within the feelings it has given and left me …

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

Cameras for Kids

by Jasmine Clark

Lena Vieira

Pine Ridge Native American Reservation in South Dakota

In the summer of 2014, Columbia College Photo Department students—led by Dan Wessell (BA, 2014)—planned, organized, and carried out an analog photography workshop for residents of the Pine Ridge Native American Reservation in South Dakota.

Cameras for Kids

In the summer of 2014, Columbia College Photo Department students—led by Dan Wessell (BA, 2014)—planned, organized, and carried out an analog photography workshop for residents of the Pine Ridge Native …

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

The Road So Far

by Hannah Batsel

All four books of my year-and-a-half long project, Maneater.

All four books of my year-and-a-half long project, Maneater.

Maneater started as a panicked 2 AM conversation with my roommate. I had only a week to scrape something together for the printmaking portion of Thinking Through Making (the Book and Paper program’s crash course on Columbia’s facilities and expectations), and I had extreme artists’ block.

“I don’t know,” she finally said, exasperated. “Make a book about a guy turning into a tiger.” So I did.

The Road So Far

Maneater started as a panicked 2 AM conversation with my roommate. I had only a week to scrape something together for the printmaking portion of Thinking Through Making (the Book and …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Everyone’s Great… But What Am I?

by Courtney Zellars

Poetry professor Tony Trigilio and MFA students Todd Summar (Fiction) and Kara Yi (Poetry) listen to Rozina Kidari (Non-Fiction) read during their panel at Printers Row Lit Fest on Sunday, June 7.

The summer has barely begun and already the list of achievements of the Columbia College Chicago students and alumni of the Creative Writing, MFA programs is great.

Everyone’s Great… But What Am I?

The summer has barely begun and already the list of achievements of the Columbia College Chicago students and alumni of the Creative Writing, MFA programs is great.

Creative Writing - Fiction MFA Courtney Zellars, courtney.zellars@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Working Towards Summer

by Jeni Crone

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Section 6/6 of my Capstone portfolio will be submitted for edits tonight before I go to sleep—keeping me awake as long as I need to be. The luxury in this is that I have enough energy to be awake. After concerning bouts of exhaustion I was recently diagnosed with a very common thyroid condition, and now with medication, I am returning to the energy level that my Capstone portfolio necessitates. It was a battle for a while there, and I still require a nap here and there until the medication levels me out. I live on the third floor and my laundry is in the basement of the building attached to mine. So, when I reached the I’m completely out of underwear moment I took advantage of being too tired to make multiple stair trips to sit outside in my yard with my iPad writing Capstone reflection statements. It was the most summer I have experienced so far.

Working Towards Summer

Section 6/6 of my Capstone portfolio will be submitted for edits tonight before I go to sleep—keeping me awake as long as I need to be. The luxury in this …

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

The Many Rewards of Mentorship

by Katie Sponseller

Punk Bitch!

Punk Bitch! – a film that I line produced for my mentor, Joe!

I’m writing to you all from North Canton, Ohio right now! I have ventured my way back home after an emotional goodbye to Chicago and while I would love some much needed R&R, the work is just beginning for me. I left last Saturday and one of the hardest goodbyes I had was with one of my first-year mentees, Diego.

The Many Rewards of Mentorship

I’m writing to you all from North Canton, Ohio right now! I have ventured my way back home after an emotional goodbye to Chicago and while I would love some …

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

Semester in Los Angeles 2015

by Logan Stahley

Learning about the best gelato.

Class of 2015 discovering the best gelato in LA.

The semester in LA is quickly passing by with three weeks behind us. Every morning we meet as a group at Raleigh Studios for roughly two hours of class. Visiting composers and creative professionals stop by to give advice, discuss their projects, and expand our knowledge of the scoring world. Our amazing guest lecturers during the summer semester so far have included:

Semester in Los Angeles 2015

The semester in LA is quickly passing by with three weeks behind us. Every morning we meet as a group at Raleigh Studios for roughly two hours of class. Visiting …

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

The Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling Program…in a series of gifs

by Kaity Sinke

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gif courtesy of imgur

Now that I have finally come close to the official end of my time here in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Columbia College Chicago, I can’t help but look back and reflect on the crazy journey that my experience truly was. It honestly was a roller coaster of emotions and new discoveries…therefore I can’t think of a better way to explain it than with a series of gifs. Enjoy ;)

The Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling Program…in a series of gifs

Now that I have finally come close to the official end of my time here in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Columbia College Chicago, I can’t help but …

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

Experimentation and Expansion

by Steph Jurusz

Setting Type in the Book and Paper Studios

Setting Type in the Book and Paper Studios

As writers, we all have our set methods, preferred places and times to write, our tried and true practices that guarantee success…or do we?

Experimentation and Expansion

As writers, we all have our set methods, preferred places and times to write, our tried and true practices that guarantee success…or do we?

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