Welcome to Conversations with Academics! The Paragon Journal believes that everyone should have the chance to be inspired. We are going to be interviewing college professors and other academics about the things that inspire them the most. We cordially invite you to join us on this journey.

October 15, 2018

To kick things off: What inspires you?

Disassembled or abandoned things. I have to confess that blank pages,
or total freedom, never really excite me. I rarely sit down to create
in a vacuum. Instead, I like to start with something forlorn,
something already in process. I like tracing, I like photography, I
like writing historical fiction, I like transcribing audio, I like
describing what I see. I like broken machines. I like...

October 15, 2018

Meagan: The first question: What inspires you?

Jamie: Oh gosh. I mean different things inspire me to do different things, I mean. You know, students do, I know that’s a cliché answer, but it’s really, talking to people who are younger than you, who are brighter than you, who are more excited than you, or have a different perspective, that for me is motivating; motivates me to learn more, motivates me to think more about what I...

September 27, 2018

Dee Matthews is a poet and creative writing professor at Bryn Mawr College. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, among other publications, and she won the 2016 Yale Younger Poet award.

Meagan: So, the first question is: what inspires you?

Dee: Oh, everything. I tend not to work by inspiration, actually, it’s just my intent to be as disciplined as I can even when I’m not inspired to write. But I do try to find in...

September 27, 2018

To kick things off: what inspires you?

Sadly, I have never been one of those writers who experiences inspiration as if it were some kind of divine gift (or even fortunate happenstance). Attention is my version of inspiration. It takes work to translate attention into writing you can then try to manipulate into something worthwhile, but that kind of work has to accompany inspiration, too, I imagine.

I took a look at your profil...

November 15, 2017

The Paragon Journal has begun a new project that we think everyone will enjoy! We want to figure out what inspires academics to continue pursuing their passions. We would also like to know how they found these passions. We cordially invite you to follow us on this ride as we start having conversations with academics.

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