My web-blog is currently a mess as I try to re-organize my posts into different categories. So, for whoever is taking the time to read this: i apologize that the page isn’t as neat as it once was. (technology and I are both a work in progress).
Yesterday morning, h took the bus trip with me to meet clementine. After a ~ninety minute~ bus commute to her office, I finally got to meet clementine in person(!). However, after a five minute conversation, we left for either another ninety-minute commute back to SE or a thirty minute commute downtown. Given the commute time by bus (which I’ve emphasized in the above two sentences) and my lack of car, my internship has officially been restructured.
After visiting the WYAP office, h and i went to starbucks to split a venti-iced coffee (a dollar cheaper than it is in MA) and to each do what we needed to do to be productive. As I was typing an email to send to clementine detailing what i was looking for from the internship, she called to give me my first assignment: to read and provide editing suggestions for the poet Lora Mathis (a poet I have followed on tumblr since her url was soggypoetry.tumblr.com, but whose url is now loramathis.com). I am beyond excited for this excitement, after three years of college-level poetry workshops and a job this past semester working with Maryilyn Schuster as editor for the letter correspondence between Rick Bebout and Jane Rule, this new challenge is one I’m prepared for, but definitely harder than the work I’ve done in the past. (And theres nothing i love more than being pushed to do hard, good, work).
After sending emails to each other, Clementine and I came to the conclusion that given the ninety minute dilemma, it doesn’t make sense for me to go into the office on a regular basis. Therefore, my twenty-hour a week internship will be organized in the following way:
3-5 hours of work each week that I can do remotely such as helping clementine book shows, answering emails for the press, and writing posts for the WAYP blog. Additionally, I will staff the monthly poetry readings that WAYP will be putting on during the summer: working the door, selling merchandise, helping set up beforehand, etc.
The remaining 10-15 a week will be mine to read and write! my goals for myself are to write three poems a week, where one is written with inspiration from a specific poetry prompt. The prompt won’t necessarily come from clementine as I receive Marty McConnell’s weekly prompt emails and know that Mindy Nettiffee and Jeanann Verlee also offer prompts on their different social media/websites.
I am also committed to reading one book of poetry a week; I have been told that Powell’s has an amazing contemporary poetry section, which i plan to check out today. This is absolutely going to be a summer of lots of writing and lots of reading. The combination of the coffee shop culture, this internship, and my love of Powell’s is one of dreams.
Since the last time I’ve posted, I have secured a job at Title 9, a women’s athletic clothing store. Since january I have been corresponding by email with the manager of the store, and when I arrived in portland she asked me to come in for a nontraditional interview. When I went in for my interview the store was jammed with customers and short-staffed. So holly (my now boss) asked me how I would handle situations that were happening in ‘live time’. For example: what would i do if the changing rooms were full as they are now? what would I do if the computer was broken and the internet was down as it is now? What would your working plan with your co-worker being during this type busy situation? It was really fun to be asked questions about things that could actually happen. Two hours after my interview, I got an email that they would be happy to hire me.
Due to background checks and paperwork, I won’t be able to start until june 10th, but this morning I filled out most of the required paperwork, and after I finish this post I am going to go downtown to hand it all in.
My summer is really coming together! I have a kick-ass internship, an awesome research position, and the job of my twenty-year old dreams. With smiles, I finish this post before packing up to meet h downtown for lunch.