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Category Archives: Fleeing the Ivory Tower

Power in Translation

by Phoebe Wagner


I am currently in my fourth semester at my MFA program, and for fun, I took an Old English class. Since I’m a Tolkien nerd, this class is a delight, even if I doubt I will ever use the information in my career. Even though this column is often about my frustration with academia or […]


Ivory Tower Empathy

by Phoebe Wagner


As part of my MFA funding, I teach composition and a breakout creative writing workshop. In these classes, one of my goals is to read and discuss with my students work by voices they aren’t familiar with—in other words, not white male middle/upper class writers. While I want my students to become better writers, my […]


Reading & Protest

by Phoebe Wagner


National news outlets have been touting the rise in sales of George Orwell’s 1984. My Twitter and Facebook feeds have been sprinkled with comments about how it was time to reread the dystopian classic, particularly after “alternative facts” became a thing. People are following through with this desire to read 1984, according to the New […]



A Body of One’s Own

by Phoebe Wagner


My junior year in undergrad, a British Literature professor handed me Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Published in 1928, Orlando: A Biography follows the title character as a young man whose body is changed into a woman and gifted with a form of immortality. The book’s timeline stretches from the 16th century to the novel’s publication date, […]


Greening the Ivory Tower

by Phoebe Wagner


In the spring, my graduate program brought in a well-known short story writer and novelist (as well as a writing professor) for a reading. While he doesn’t claim environmental writing is a genre—it’s all just story—his fiction is widely regarded as environmental. His reading focused on natural gas drilling in the 80s, and I walked […]


Stuck in Time

by Phoebe Wagner


Last semester, I had a conversation with a professor who, after expressing her dislike of Octavia Butler, stated that it was a shame that no women of color wrote science fiction and fantasy. I felt stunned, my brain scrambling to list names, though it, of course, failed me. As soon as I left her office, […]



Running with Wolves

by Phoebe Wagner


While not in vogue, Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces still gets tossed around in creative writing programs. A casual reader of myth probably has a copy on a shelf somewhere since Campbell’s theories are a favorite of filmmakers and the book pops up in shows like The X-Files. For most of my […]


Another Fold of the Map

by Phoebe Wagner


The Ivory Tower sounds like a place straight out of Narnia or a Robin Hobb novel. This term bridges the gap between fantasy (albeit not a happy one) and reality. College professors and grad students lob the idea back and forth when trying to decipher whether marking down for grammar is too Ivory Tower or […]