Professor: Ted, did you get my e-mail?
Student: Umm, no, I, actually I haven’t had a chance to check my e-mail yet today, sorry.
Professor: Well, I just wanted to see if I could have a quick word with you after this class.
Student: Well, the thing is, professor, I’m working on the campus newspaper and . . . and I need to get over there right after class for a meeting . . .
Professor: Well, this won’t take long . . . let’s just chat now before class starts . . .
Student: Sure, what’s up, Professor Jacobs?
Professor: Well, next week, the students in my graduate Creative Writing seminar are going to be reading aloud from their works at the Student Union . . .
Student: Yeah, I saw a poster about that on the bulletin board down the hall.
Professor: Yes, well, anyway, Ted, I’m also inviting a few stu-dents from my undergraduate class to take part, and I’d like one of them to be you, if you’re willing.
Student: Me? Seriously? I don’t know what to say . . .
Professor: Well, just say you’ll do it, then. The reading wi be in the ballroom of the Student Union at noon next Friday.
Student: You know . . . I’d really like to read the f r t two or three chapters of this novel I’ve been working on . . .
Professor: I was thinking that you could re d some of your poems. In fact, I didn’t even realize that you were writing a novel. What’s it about?
Student: Umm, well, I . . . it’s about he commercial fishing business, about working on a fi hing boat . . .
Professor: Really? Do you know a lot about that topic?
Student: Well, I grew up in Ala ka, and my grandfather owned a fishing boat, and I work d on it one summer. Plus my grandfather told me a million stories about fishing. Of course, I’ve changed t stories some and fictionalized all the characters.
Professor: I was oping you’d read that poem about spend-ing the night alone in the forest . . . what was it called? Northern Lights, I think . . .
Student: That poem? Huh! When I read it in class, you didn’t say much about it at all, so I figured . . . I figured you didn’t much like it.
Professor: Well, I wanted to hear what the other students in class thought of it . . . but, yes, I quite liked it. The language as very strong and in particular I found the imagery . . .
powerful. Almost a little frightening.
Student: How about this, then . . . I’ll read just one chapter from the novel, the first one’s pretty short, and then a cou-ple of poems as well. Will that be okay?
Professor: I think that should work. Drop by my office sometime this week and we’ll figure out which poems you should read.
Student: Okay, and Professor Jacobs, thanks . . . I’m really flattered that you’d ask me to take part.