My “school book bookshelf” was salvaged from the belongings of my husband’s late grandmother. The top shelf houses my rare books, including a copy of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories from the 1870s and my prized possession, a signed copy of The Last Unicorn. The rest of the shelves hold books on how to teach composition, pedagogy, and linguistics, and a mini figurine of Aragorn, son of Arathorn.
My fiction bookshelves are, upon closer examination, mostly weird dog figurines that my grandparents send me and Neil Gaiman novels, though I do have a surprising (embarrassing?) number of Sookie Stackhouse novels as well. I also use my bookshelves to house her collection of vinyl records, tapes, and cute wine and beer bottles.
Chloe Hanson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tennessee. She earned her MA and BA from Utah State University, where she also helped to establish and direct the Science Writing Center. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in several journals, including Public Pool, Off the Coast, and Driftwood Press. While she’s procrastinating her homework, she can often be found with a beer in her hand and her dog, Simon, by her side.