The English, modern languages and journalism department hosted the final Visiting Writers for this semester last Friday, featuring Louise Krug, an assistant professor of non-fiction writing at Washburn University, who has written two memoirs about her life after she had major brain surgery.
“Louise is the author of two compelling memoirs, ‘Tilted: essays on life after brain surgery’ and ‘Louise Amended,’” said Kevin Rabas, chair of the English, modern languages and journalism department. “Louise writes clean prose about a difficult subject, she writes courageously and candidly about life after brain surgery.”
For the duration of this event, Krug read three separate essays from her two published books and one that she wrote only months ago.
“‘Tilted’ for example, for a long time this was just a loose collection of essays with no start or end, no story arc, and I was just fine with that,” Krug said. “Only really after I finished most of them I kind of saw the arc and I wrote a couple pieces to fill in the blank spots.”
At the end of the readings, Krug opened up to the audience for a question and answer session about her work, writing or anything else that fit the topics of the readings.
“Sometimes it’s only after I’ve written like five pages of something do I see that it could start to have some sort of possibility,” Krug said. “I’ve been doing it long enough to know that eventually it will gel together.”
Krug is currently working on individual essays as well as a project in which she is interviewing and speaking with women that have mental and/or physical disabilities across Kansas and transcribing the interviews with photos, she said. She hopes to make a gallery or webpage with what she gathers.
“One of the things that stood out most to me was, at the end she said that the world is made for a specific kind of person, and if you don’t fit into that norm it’s kind of hard, and I understand that personally,” said Courtney Sleezer, junior communication and English major. “It was really inspiring for me, just to kind of understand what other people go through when they don’t exactly fit the norm.”