the author

Melanie, the author of this narrative, is – among other things – Associate Professor of English Education at Purdue University.  She earned her AB and MAT from Duke University and her PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill [yes, it’s true; no, she doesn’t root for the light blue team]. Originally from North Carolina, she was rather taken aback by the Indiana winters, but she has managed to adjust, mostly by developing an affinity for coats.  She likes to think she has this whole professoring thing down by now, but the universe is usually happy to prove her wrong.

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