Here is one of my new favorite photos of myself.

Hello! I am a first-year graduate student in the Master of Arts in Professional Writing Program at Kennesaw State University. I recently moved to Georgia from Ohio, where I have lived my whole life! I earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minors in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Findlay. My ultimate goals are to write poetry and creative nonfiction and become a professor. I hope to create a welcoming classroom where students feel that they can express themselves freely, while also challenging themselves.

Although I am passionate about all writing, I have a special place in my heart for poetry. I absolutely love learning and writing about identity (in all aspects). I wrote a chapbook of poetry titled Lost But Found that depicts the fluidity of identity. I strive to help everyone feel comfortable in both exploring and excepting who they are; writing is a fantastic way to do this. I learned so much about myself and grew as a person while writing these poems. I also enjoy learning and writing about LGBTQ+ matters. One of my favorite projects I have completed was a research project titled, From the Great Lakes to Across the Pond: A Comparative Study of LGBTQ+ Cultures in Ohio (US) and London, England. A place that I discovered while completing this project is an all LGBTQ+ bookstore, Gay’s the Word. This bookstore was friendly, assisted me in finding volunteers for my study, and hosts creative and inclusive events and meetings. This bookstore proves that LGBTQ+ literature is important and people are interested in it. I want to add to this literature. I am in the process of writing about my time abroad and my research findings.

This is my absolute favorite photo of myself. It was taken at the Cliffs of Moher in Doolin, Ireland. It was extremely peaceful there and being in a peaceful setting outside is when I do some of my best thinking and writing.

Memoirs have become my “go-to” when I am looking for a new book to read. My all-time favorite book (that started my love of memoirs) is When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones. Memoirs are a way to either learn about a perspective that is different than your own or understand that there are other people who have had similar paths in life. I think it’s really important to show that creative writing can be a way of informing other people and learning something new. Poetry and creative nonfiction can be used to support arguments. I look forward to expanding my knowledge on writing and sharing my work with everyone. Let’s discuss!

Contact me: psibert@students.kennesaw.edu and LinkedIn

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