Students in the course Reading the American West, taught by Visiting Associate Professor of English Jill Talbot, interviewed a dozen people who either live and work in the west or write about the region, and have published the interviews on a website. Each student contacted a person currently living and working in the west, or a writer who has written about the west, in order to broaden their study beyond the classroom and the required fiction and nonfiction readings, film viewings and discussions. "Students were encouraged to interview individuals with whom they shared an interest," Talbot says.
The website of interviews with figures from the American West, conducted by St. Lawrence students. Website designed by Amy Yao '14.
Interviewees include the owner and operator of a mustang recsue in New Mexico, a rock climber in Colorado, a "new-age ski bum" in California, two Utah State University professors, a Montessori school teacher from Denver, a truck driver in Washingston state (and father of the student who interviewed him), a female wildland firefighter, the founder of Neuro Rehab Associations in Montana and three writers, including the 2007-2008 Viebranz Professor of Creative Writing, K.L. Cook.
Visit the website, the title of which comes from the Pam Houston story "Cowboys Are My Weakness."
Posted: December 17, 2012