Debby Ellis Writing Center
Madeline is entering her senior year at SU, which means that the daunting terror of what to do next in the world is always approaching. She is curious about almost everything, but spends most of her time in the Feminist Studies department learning how to more honestly embody her truth in the world. On Friday mornings you will find her baking bread and reading poetry, because half of the work is staying nourished.
As a child, I would write my own stories. They usually revolved around various amphibians happening upon grand adventures. The stories I would write and the others that I would read allowed me to create a world of my own entirely through language. Regardless of age or circumstance, the process of creating worlds through language has carried me throughout my life. At SU, I no longer write fantastical narratives involving frogs and turtles, but I am still crafting my own world of words. For me, the beauty of writing is the continual confrontation with the reality that my world is not the only world. In the act of encounter that occurs with text, my own world evolves, shifts, and responds. The collective literary conversation continually calls me to return, and returning to the work is one of the most important things that I am learning how to do.
Most of my undergraduate work centers around the structures of language, argument, and word. In Feminist Studies, I have encountered ways of writing, speaking, and embodying language that have invited me to more deeply connect with the radical work of waking up to the world. I also work with Ancient Greek, translating and wrestling with words from thousands of years ago. In both of these realms, I am thrust into the magical space of possibility that exists between mind and page. It is here that I feel the most alive, sifting through how to communicate myself to myself, translating words into a collaborative world.