Dr. Colleen O’Brien and Dr. Brandon Krieg Featured at Literature Reading
Brandon Krieg reading his poetry outside of Hazel 311. PHOTO BY ANDREW YOUNG.
BY ANDREW YOUNG
Dr. Colleen O’Brien and Dr. Brandon Krieg shared some of their writings on Wednesday, April 25, at the English department reading. The professors read a few selections and then briefly described their styles of writing. They also went into detail about their thoughts on different writers who have inspired them or contributed to their writing skills.
Dr. Maureen Tuthill introduced Dr. Krieg and Dr. O’Brien to begin the reading. Dr. O’Brien started off her readings with a short story written from the perspective of a nine-year-old girl. The short story contained many specific details that built images for the listener or reader. For instance, O’Brien read, “I pointed out a red apple magnet on the fridge.” This line brings out a vivid image that can be easily relatable to people’s childhoods. The appeal of the reading was to offer the listener a nostalgic relapse into the realm of an obscure childhood day on the elementary playground of a first grader. This story is comprised of childhood interactions that lead the main character on a child-like journey with above average introspection.
Dr. O’Brien and Dr. Krieg went into detail about their thoughts on different writing styles that have inspired them or contributed to their writing skills.
Dr. Brandon Krieg introduced himself and his goals for his readings. Kreig is focused on poetry and teaches introduction to creative writing, advanced poetry, and various other literature courses. In his reading, he outlined that his goal was to read an author’s poetry that contains their trademark style and then read his poems after. He said that he read other poets’ work just before working on a stylistic change in his own poetry.
Krieg initially discussed poems that were linked to mythology and slightly outside of ordinary life ideas. The first reading was “For the Anniversary of my Death” by W.S. Merwin. In this poem, something stood out that described this yearning for mythology: “Every year without knowing it I have passed the day / When the last fires will wave to me /And the silence will set out.” This poem has strong themes in mythological ideas.
They both encouraged the audience to share their work with others by giving examples of their positive experiences with writing friends.
Krieg and O’Brien closed by discussing what it is like to review their own work. O’Brien also went on to note how very different their writing styles are from each other, but she explained that it enabled mutual growth. They both encouraged the audience to share their work with others by giving examples of their positive experiences with writing friends.
Dr. Krieg and Dr. O’Brien are a married couple and have a young son named Ezra. They have been teaching at Westminster for almost two full semesters and have already made a large impact on the English department. The professors both teach a variety of literature courses and between the two have been nominated or awarded for their work at some point in their careers.