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“Writing, and writers, matter. Each time I have visited a workshop or taken part in a reading and felt the sway of language, or read something honest and beautiful, the experience has reaffirmed my devotion to writing.”
PROFILE: It was at the University of Kentucky that Graduate Scholar Kayla Rae Whitaker discovered two important things about herself: She realized she wanted to be a writer and more important, she and her professors knew she was quite good at it. She’ll be leaving the hills of Appalachia soon for graduate school at New York University where she will hone her writing skills even further. She’s already written one novel, and more will be forthcoming. Kayla sits down and puts her ideas on paper (or her laptop) every day, including during the past few years while working full-time at various positions. For Kayla it’s a labor of love, but somehow she just can’t use the term “labor” when she talks about writing.
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