This past summer, I received in award to go with Nepali writer (and my professor) Samrat Upadhyay to India and Nepal and conduct writing workshops with young students. A beyond-amazing experience. I've also done a lot of teaching, which, for me, is what all of this leads to. I've taught writing in the community from 3rd graders to high school, I've taught at summer camps, and I teach creative writing to undergraduate students at IU. I'm an associate director of the IU Writing Conference, learning the Arts Administration side of the business. Most importantly, I'm in a community that supports me and my writing with funding, time, and advice. Hopefully the book deal will take care of itself.

-Cherae Clark
MFA Candidate (Fiction)
Indiana University

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