michelle1Michelle Arch, Chapman Alum (MA English ’13 & MFA Creative Writing ’15) recently wrote a blog posting for TreeHouse titled, “Writing in the Aftermath” – check out her story here!

af•ter•math (ăf’tər-măth’) n. 1. A consequence, especially of a disaster or misfortune: famine as an aftermath of drought. 2. A period of time following a disastrous event: in the aftermath of war. 3. A second growth or crop in the same season, as of grass after mowing.

It doesn’t seem possible that it’s spring again. It feels like only a few weeks have passed since I wrote my New Year post on Archetype. “Writing in the Aftermath” (much of which is included herein) described both the freedom and melancholy of life immediately beyond graduate school and acknowledged with bittersweet sentiment all that had come to fruition during the previous twelve months. Those were audacious days, and it wasn’t at all lost on me that I had bitten off more than I should have been able to chew, let alone swallow.

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Congrats Michelle, we are so proud of you!