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Dancing I used to live afraid of making mistakes. I would over analyze every decision I had to make and, in the end, I would always play it safe. One week in Mexico had completely changed that for me. In my time here, I have drunk and eaten some delicious foods I would have never considered trying before, including, on two separate occasions, grasshoppers. I twice swam behind a waterfall, climbed up a rock and jumped back in, despite not being the greatest of swimmers. I danced with a woman whose profession is “fire dancer extraordinaire”! Sometimes we will only be given one chance to do something special. We have to seize those opportunities. One week in Mexico taught me that if you live life afraid of making mistakes, you’ll end up living a life in which you never do a single thing. —Kahlil Carazo ’14, from his blog entry during the College’s 2012 Mayan Archaeoastronomy course immersion experience in Mexico

“A TANGIBLE ARTIFACT”

Eric Freeze Professor Freeze answers questions from the audience following his reading from Dominant Traits, published by Dufour Editions. More recently, his short story “Shoot the Moon” was published in The Nashwaak Review, and “Pictogram” was published in North Dakota Quarterly.

Excellent stories… Freeze produces realistic, believable people and delves deeply into their psyches to create truly enjoyable character studies. —from the Booklist review of Eric Freeze’s

Dominant Traits THE WABASH COMMUNITY GATHERED IN CENTER HALL on

S E PA R AT I O N anxiety

The takeoff, which felt terrifyingly similar to a roller coaster ride, was not what I had expected. I thought that everything would be gradual and smooth, but at takeoff I realized that to conquer gravity one must go through a little bit of separation anxiety. —Wes Adams ’14, describing his first airplane flight, experienced in March en route to Europe during the College’s 2012 immersion experience in Florence, Italy

April 13 to celebrate the publication of Dominant Traits, Assistant Professor of English Eric Freeze’s collection of short stories. “A first book for an author—well, you can’t describe the importance of it,” says Professor of English and Department Chair Marc Hudson. “There’s a sense that your identity as an author has been ratified by the wider world. There’s something about having the book, a tangible artifact, in hand—there’s this sense of a presence that may last. “As a department we’re so delighted by Eric’s generous spirit, his fine craft revealed in these stories, and his exceptional imagination he brings to play in his teaching, as well as these imagined worlds.”

Read more at WM Online.

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