Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Seeing is Believing
I had one of those moments the other day that I will not soon forget. It begins with a habit of mine: I google myself. I like to see what pops up from time to time, which is usually BYU stuff or links to comments I make on various blogs. But, I found something new and rather exciting the other day.
Last year I was asked to write a review of some poetry books for ISLE, the main eco-critical journal(the main journal in my area of specialty). When I was in Maine two summers ago, I met a PhD student from University of Nevada Reno (which is where the journal is published and also supports the leading eco-critical program in the nation). I asked him all kinds of questions about the program since I was planning on applying. Well, he contacted me later that year and asked if I wanted to do these reviews. I said yes. Then I thought, "I have no idea how to do poetry reviews." Well, I asked a colleague about it and tried my hand at the poetry review.
I reviewed two collections of poetry. I wasn't sure when they would be coming out in print, but then I discovered this link, which pretty much surprised me. I know this isn't a huge deal and I don't think that a lot of people will be reading this collection or the review for that matter, but somehow I am on the website as being a credible reviewer. The review was meant to explain how the collection addresses issues of nature in literature, so the discussion deals with the poetry in that sense. I also wrote a review for another collection, which I liked better, but that is in the journal.
It was really exciting to have my name next to the name of the credible journal--and it reminded me again that I am actually a professional--something I seem to forget regularly.
Posted by Breanne Grover at 1:23 PM