“I’m old-fashioned for new-fashioned reasons.”

Hello internet, my name is Garrett. But that’s just a name and it’s often misspelled. So a little about me: It is, I must begin, a truth universally acknowledged that a son in possession of parents must be in want of zero association with said parents. Both of my parents are librarians. I fought it, of course, thought I could hide from fate my in books by, well, sticking my nose in books. The plan backfired – happily, and now I’m a librarian too (at the, and as a graduate from, the University of Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Scandinavian Studies, but that’s more in the realm of cursory resume details). Seems there’s a kind of poetry in my blood. Or at least a bit of irony. Who am I to stop that blood from pumping? Even if it tickles me. So I write. This blog is a bit of a showcase to some of that writing, to my research, to my whimsy. The two main pages are dedicated to my research on Henrik Ibsen’s poetics and my interest in place meanings and shared experience. I especially enjoy writing poetry, and much of my whimsy is dedicated to reading almost anything improbable I can get my grubby hands on, playing my ukulele (when the mood overtakes me), watching films, haunting the internet, and consuming a narcotic amount of music.  I also really, really enjoy a good cup of coffee.  If you would like to know more about my current projects, feel free to drop me a line.

My past publications and papers include “Henrik Ibsen’s Poetics” – translations and post presentation at the University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Symposium (Spring 2009), “The Buttonmaker” – poem published in the Montage Literary Arts Journal (Fall 2009), and “Searching for Stories: A Discussion of Place Meaning for Park Planners” – paper presented at the Indiana Park and Recreation Association Recreation Research Symposium as second author with James Barkley (jbarkley@illinois.edu) (Spring 2010).

Garrett N. Traylor
Bachelor of Arts: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
Creative Writing & Scandinavian Studies
gtraylo2@illinois.edu |garrett.traylor@gmail.com


One Response to About

  1. poietes says:

    Norwegian studies. How cool. To be able to read Ibsen in the original makes a tremendous difference. Best of luck.

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