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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have a poem in The Poeming Pigeon, essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dreaming of a Ph.D.

I have my B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo and my M.A. in English from the State University of New York College at Brockport. Getting these degrees in English was always my dream, and it's a dream I've accomplished. While I did teach at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York for ten years, I got these degrees primarily for what they would teach me about literature and writing. I've always been a writer, and I felt that having a bachelor's and master's in English would be beneficial to me.

Now I have a new dream: to get my Ph.D. in English. I've got my eye on the State University of New York Binghamton University. Binghamton has a Ph.D. in English in which you can either do a research dissertation or a creative dissertation. I'm interested in the latter. I imagine that one's dissertation in this track would be either the writing of a novel or a collection of short stories or perhaps both (it is a Ph.D. dissertation after all). Binghamton is not that far from Syracuse, so it's worth looking into.

I wouldn't do this immediately or even in the near future. I'm helping to put my son through college at the present time--he's in his first two years and plans to transfer for the next two or three years to a nursing program. At least, that's his plan at the time. But whatever he ends up doing, he's doing it now, and there just aren't the means for me to go after my Ph.D. while he's working on his bachelor's degree.

But maybe when my son is set and there's an empty nest, I can think seriously about getting my Ph.D. It's a dream but I think a worthwhile one. I would love to be Dr. Emily Glossner Johnson, but more than that, I would love to gain the knowledge that a Ph.D. would provide for me.

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