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jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
May.17.2011
I love this time of year. The flowers are in bloom, everything is green. Summer is coming. And students everywhere are graduating. New beginnings. There were times in my life when graduation season didn't make me happy at all. I'd go to commencement ceremonies and feel sad, longing for a...
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
Feb.21.2011
When I first started at Mills, I sat down with my advisor to plan my schedule. She looked at me and said "You need a diversity class.""I do?""I see nothing in your transcript about taking diversity classes.""But I've taken Women in Literature class, and a short...
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Aug.31.2010
Mills College English Department organized a meal delivery service, the folks at the Y collected "netflix" funds, friends covered my neck with charms, sister writers sent amulets and flowers, bouquets have arrived, dog friends swing by to collect Brewster and Tony is coming from SoCal to...
kristen-caven's picture
May.13.2010
Last week's launch of both my book and the strike anniversary celebrations was deeply moving and exciting. President Jan Holmgren, who started at Mills the summer after the strike and is retiring this year, spoke about the strike and the importance of women's education. Everyone told amazing...
kristen-caven's picture
Nov.13.2009
Twenty years ago the Romanians overthrew their corrupt communist government. Twenty years ago, the Berlin Wall came down, uniting two long-divided worlds. And twenty years ago, students of Mills College revolted against the decision to admit men. I graduated from Mills in 1988, and like the...
kevin-simmonds's picture
Jul.12.2008
Poet and teacher Jan Vanstavern rocked my world in 1997 when I took her class at Mills college. I can't remember the title of the class but the focus was poetry--all kinds but mostly contemporary poetry, especially poems that considered the body, the sensuous. One day she gave us copies of...
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
May.16.2008
My friend Lilly-Marie is graduating from Mills College tomorrow. She’s skipping the ceremony because it’s too darn hot and two years ago we did the whole cap and gown deal. She’s doing a reading at Mills tonight which should be great.             I still can’t believe it’s four years since we...
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
May.06.2008
            Yesterday I was in the crabbiest mood ever. It felt like everything was just off. It started with I found out one of my favorite soap opera actresses Beverlee McKinsley died of kidney failure.  She was such a lady, a grand dame and a fantastic actress to boot. Little things were just...