Dr. Makwa Speaks

Refer all inquiries @jvhickey.

“When is the right time to tell aspiring writers about their job prospects? In graduate school? Before they even apply to graduate school? Or sooner than that even—in their first creative writing class? Never? Let them Google it because it’s just too depressing otherwise?”

In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'



AAWW and our executive director Ken Chen were featured in a segment on NPR’s All Things Considered about MFA vs. POC:

Best-selling author Junot Diaz recently caused a stir when he blasted MFA programs for being “too white” in an article for The New Yorker.


Lan Samantha Chang…

(via whoismims)

At Sol and Curt’s wedding (at The Grand)

Strumming in Half Moon Bay with grad school peeps

Cover of Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue Got Married.” This one just got into my head and wouldn’t leave, so I found lyrics and chords and sang into the iPad. Recorded at about 2am, so I’m trying to be quiet.

This is a demo I’ve been kicking around for a couple of weeks now. Still working on lyrics (referenced in the title), and pretty sure this isn’t the direction of the song. Playing around with Garageband strings, basically.


D-Day battle sites, Normandy

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

#mta #subway #houstonst #soho #manhattan #nyc #newyork
From the Highline #highline #manhattan #newyork #nyc #hipstamatic  (at The Standard, High Line)
Grand Central Station #grandcentral #newyork #nyc #igersnyc #hipstamatic  (at Grand Central Terminal)
New York from Brooklyn
Martin 000-42 at the Met. This was the Martin Eric Clapton played on Unplugged.
#fdny #newyork #nyc #newyorkcity #hipstamatic  (at Brooklyn Bridge)
#brooklynbridge #newyork  (at Brooklyn Bridge)