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Like so many of you, I’m thrilled to welcome warmer weather and an ability to safely move about and socialize. I’m also grateful to be celebrating some recent publication acceptances!

My essay titled “Fish Bowl” will appear in the next issue of Watershed Review—a journal I have admired for some time. This summer, a work of literary criticism will be published in Coffin Bell Journal. Additionally, an academic piece that explores how the literary community defines creative nonfiction and whether we should reconsider our ideas about this relatively new genre appeared in the February 2021 issue of The Writer’s Chronicle .

On the work-in-progress front, I am beginning to assemble a collection of essays that I hope will be ready for submission by the end of 2021. The common thread among these works is what I call the “invisible fringe,” a term for those who appear to be part of mainstream culture but in reality are not accepted into the traditional social groups that comprise it.

Now that I’m reaching the end of my latest academic endeavor, I’m exploring avenues for my next career move. I’ve enjoyed spending much of the last year immersed in scholarly research and writing, working on diversity and inclusion initiatives, polishing my teaching skills, and learning something new every day. It’s time to apply what I’ve learned toward meaningful public progress.