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Open Letter from Amherst Faculty to the Hamphire College President

- By Members of the Amherst College Faculty

Dear President Nelson,

In 1965, an editorial in The Amherst Student stated that the Amherst College community “can justly be proud of the disproportionate contributions of their own college to the initial phases of Hampshire’s development.” Since then, five decades of close partnership with our colleagues at Hampshire College have joined our two faculties in strong bonds of shared professional interest, personal trust, mutual respect, and common educational pursuit. These bonds are a daily reality, a living tissue, and a continuing point of pride. They give us, members of the faculty of Amherst College, a direct interest in the future of Hampshire College, and they make us a stakeholder in the conversation about that future.

We write to you...

10 Questions

10 Questions for Charles Yu

- By Abby MacGregor

“Dear Applicant,

We appreciate your interest in our supergroup and the time you’ve invested in applying for the Associate Hero opening.
While we acknowledge that your abilities as 'The Outsider' (i.e., heightened powers of perception, an ability to subtly blend in with your surroundings) could be assets to our organization, at the current time our invisibility needs have been met.
On behalf of everyone here, thank you for your interest in our organization. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

—from “RE: Your Recent Application to Our Group”, Winter 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 4)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
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To Our Five College Colleagues

- By The Hampshire College Chapter of the AAUP

The Hampshire College Seal and Motto ("to know is not enough")

Hampshire College faculty and staff are very grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from our colleagues in the Five Colleges. This support is enormously important to us and gives us strength to weather this storm. Statements of support from Five College colleagues have also been accompanied by bewilderment at the situation at Hampshire and the inability to separate fact from rumor and speculation. We’d like to clarify the situation, as we see it right now.

As a tuition-driven institution, Hampshire is accustomed to financial pressures, which in recent years have grown due to ...

10 Questions

10 Questions for Marina Budhos

- By Abby MacGregor

“They came in droves.

All through the cool season, from October through April, the shadow people arrived at the depot. First the locomotive groaned to a stop at Howrah Station in Calcutta, its grooved wheels and iron pistons coated in dust from the long trip across the plains of northern India. A parade of weary figures made their way down the metal steps, the men rail-thin and bandy-legged, tattered shawls crossed over their shoulders, the women clutching their worn bundles, as they were herded into little dinghies that went bobbing down the Hooghly River.”
—from Sweetness, Winter 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 4)


What writer(s) or works have influenced the way you write now?
Toni Morrison, Virginia Woolf, V...

10 Questions

10 Questions for Jennifer Kwon Dobbs

- By Abby MacGregor

While Professor Jeong explains a poet

should work with farmers to write of harvest,

you recall 195 kilometers away Professor Kim

said there’s no poetry in the north.
—from “Northern Korea Postcard”, Winter 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 4)


Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
As a child growing up in Oklahoma, I developed an ear for prosody by reading Best Loved Poems of the American People, an anthology tucked in between my mother’s cosmetology textbooks. Later, on a Tandy 2000 Radio Shack computer, I tried my hand at imitating what I read in that anthology. But my first serious poem was “Terms for Adoption,” a poem in two voices braiding and juxtaposing the...

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