Independent Journalist and Poet (Racine, WI)
I first marched into my adviser’s office in 1981 and said I didn’t want my time wasted. Professor Arthur Olszyk simply laughed, told me he’d met few freshmen so direct, and then met with me for two hours. With his guidance and support, I interned at Essence, sold freelance pieces to Seventeen and served a public relations internship at the Milwaukee YWCA. Professor Olszyk, who nicknamed me “Intrepid,” helped me pick up the pieces after a near-fatal car accident ended my newspaper career in 1985. His hearty laugh and sage advice still resonates with me every day I practice my craft.