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Student Experience: Meggi Blazeska

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Writer: Sean Wesen, '22

This week, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Meggi Blazeska. Meggi was raised in Skopje, North Macedonia. Currently, she is the External Secretary for the Rutgers Creative Writing club. She is majoring in Economics, minoring in Creative Writing and Entrepreneurship, and will graduate in 2022. We talked about her history with writing, thoughts on the club, publishing opportunities, and much more.

Q:  How long has writing been a part of your life?

A: I've always loved to read. I was one of those kids who would sit in the corner and read rather than play with everyone else. I now know I'm not the only one like that, but I thought that was very weird at the time. I loved to read, but I never considered myself a writer. Then I went to high school and my friend recommended this website, Wattpad, where random people would publish their works and people could leave comments on it. I loved the concept, and decided I wanted to give it a shot.  And so I started writing stories in my first year of high school, and ever since I've just stuck with writing.

Q: What would people be surprised to find out about you?

A: Well, I'm into astrology and I've been trying to incorporate that into my writing more, which has been difficult because I haven't found the right connection yet. I would love to write a novella that incorporates astrology into it's story telling.

Q: What draws you to astrology?

A: I got into it in high school, and it helped me to understand people on a deeper level. I don't really have any friends who are as interested as I am, but I like to read posts about astrology on twitter. I use it to make connections with others and to help me understand people or things that happen to the people around me.

Q: As a member of the e-board for the Creative Writing club, how you would describe the Rutgers Creative Writing club?

A: Definitely chaotic, but in a very good way. It's a very fun place to be. We focus on the writing of course, but we also focus on friendships and activities that help us to connect better with other members. Even if we're writing in different genres, we're all writers, so the club is not just about writing, but also about about people. I started attending in November 2019, and that was one of the first times I came out of my shell. I was very socially anxious so it really helped me make new friends. It also helped me get more inspiration to write because I had been lacking that inspiration to write again.

Q:  This might be tough, but what would you say is the best part about club?

A: Oof, that is a tough one. If I had to choose it would probably be the workshop because every time someone shares something, it is my favorite piece that I've ever read every single time. We have so many amazing writers in club and everyone who chooses to share or chooses to listen and read, is an amazing writer. That's really why I love workshop the most.

Q: What might people be surprised to learn about club?

A: There are a lot of clubs at Rutgers, and many of them are just "club, club events, club activities, go home." But Creative Writing club isn't just about the club itself, but also about going out, making plans with other people to write together, or even just hang out. It's about the connections made along the way.

Q: What publishing opportunities do you guys offer? 

A: Through club you can have your piece workshopped, then you can submit it to our blog ( and have your submission published online. We also accept any other writing you do during club, including activities. There are other opportunities that are not hosted by the club, but we can help guide students towards some, including the Writers House Review,  an online literary journal supported by the Writers House and the English department. There is also the Rutgers Review which is an arts and culture publication. We recently received a request from the literary magazine The Anthologist who are looking for writing, art, and photography submissions for their next issue.

Q: If a student decided they wanted to join club right now, where would you point them to?

A: Firstly, the Get Involved page for sure. You can also reach us at all our social media channels (Instagram)  and
Facebook, and especially our Discord page. You should also reach out to us so we can add you to our newsletter. Since we are doing a hybrid model, checking the newsletter is a great way to know whether our next meeting is in person or online. It is also a good way to keep up with the locations of our in person meetings since they tend to change from week to week. Meetings are Thursdays from 9-11 PM.

Q: You don't have to have attended previous meetings to join?

A: Right, you can come to our literal next meeting and we'll be happy to have you.

Q: Is there anything I didn't ask that you wanted to talk about?

A: The last thing I wanted to mention is this new activity we're doing in club where we ask members if they would like to present for us on a topic of their choosing. If you have any topic, literally anything (for me it would probably be astrology), you can make a presentation and share it with us at our email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Memes are obviously a requirement (just kidding, but they are definitely encouraged).  Send the PowerPoint to us and we'll look it over, then you can present it at the next meeting. The only requirement is to put a writing prompt at the end. Otherwise, we welcome members to share anything they want!

Meet the Faculty: John Hulme

Written by: Sean Wesen '22MillerSusan

"As a writer and as a creator, you have to have the willingness to not quit, to fight until death." ~John Hulme

This week, I got to know a professor whose work I had the pleasure of reading all the way back in elementary school. I had loved the Seems, so taking a documentary creative writing class taught by John Hulme was like a dream. I was surprised by how tall he was, and certainly surprised at how much of a window into his life we got in that class. He's the kind of professor who genuinely wants to see you succeed and help you make something you're really proud of. So, when I had the chance to interview him, I was more than happy to do so. This interview with Rutgers lecturer, novelist, and filmmaker John Hulme was incredibly inspiring.

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Meet the Faculty: Adam Dalva

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Name: Adam Dalva
Genre(s): Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels, Literary Criticism
Classes taught at Writers House: Non-Fiction, Introduction to Creative Writing, Advanced Multi-Genre

Tell us three interesting things about yourself that most people don’t know.
I deal 18th Century French Antique Furniture.
I once sang in the White House.
I’m one of the ten highest ranked Goodreads critics in America.

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Meet the Faculty: David Orr

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David Orr’s creative and critical work has been lauded by The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.He has been a guest on PBS and NPR and called “highbrow brilliant” by New York magazine. The poetry columnist for the New York Times Book Review, Orr’s poetry and critical collections include You, Too Could Write a Poem,The Road Not Taken,Beautiful and Pointless and Dangerous Household Items. A native South Carolinian, David lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and daughter. You can visit his website here

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Meet the Faculty: Richard Murray

image1.jpegRichard Murray earned his B.A. from Goddard College in Vermont, a well known experimental school focused mainly on the creative arts. While there, he was the poetry editor of The Goddard Journal. He went on to earn his MA in English/creative writing from Rutgers University-Newark.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Moth, Poetry East, Slipstream, The Bitter Oleander, Santa Fe Literary Review, The Broome Review, Rattle, and other literary journals.

Richard is a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Folk Festival (run by Rutgers), where his work has primarily focused on New Jersey's Native American Indian tribes. He has also served on the Rutgers-New Brunswick Chancellor's Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations in Rutgers History. In this role, he focused on Native American issues, and obtained a grant from the Chancellor that enabled the New Jersey Folk Festival to showcase NJ's state-recognized tribes.

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Meet the Faculty: Susan Miller

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Susan Miller is a non-tenure track faculty member who has been at Rutgers since 2005. She has been writing since she was very young,  and studied with Marie Ponsot for 11 years after completing graduate school. In her words, Ponsot "taught me by the observation method and that's also the way I teach--by observing technique, content, and style rather than critiquing them." Her book, Communion of Saints was published in 2017, and her poetry has been included in the anthologies Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, and Spirituality and St. Peter's B-List: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints. She won two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg awards for poetry and her work has been presented on BBC4 Radio.

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