A Force of Nature: Savannah Slone on Poetry, Motherhood & an Ekphrastic Challenge with Jen Rouse

August 30, 2018

A Force of Nature: Savannah Slone on Poetry, Motherhood & an Ekphrastic Challenge with Jen Rouse

 

Savannah Slone is a force of nature.  I’ve admired her poetry and presence since I first made her acquaintance on Twitter.  She entered the Twittersphere with a fearlessness and candor about the writing process, rejections that I’ve never seen.  She actually posts her rejections on Twitter.  It’s so inspiring to me.  And she’s only 22 year old, has a small child with autism and is graduating with an MFA.  In my mind I have always thought of her as the Juno – soon to be Juno with an MFA – of the poetry world. 

 

This week she proved in the Twitterverse her Juno appeal with a tweet she made about her impending graduation, decision to work and not pursue a PhD at the young age of 22. 

 

“I’m graduating with my MFA at 22 after getting pregnant at 17, raising a toddler with autism, & working four jobs (all on my own until recently) & all people have to say is, “Don’t limit yourself. Start your PhD!” Don’t belittle what I did. These 6 years have felt impossible.”