from my ongoing series Essays I Can’t Write if I Want to Keep my Job

Years ago, early in my post-college working life, I had a job doing PR/marketing for the art side of an “art & science” museum. Shortly after I arrived, there was a huge reshuffle in staff — for reasons that were not entirely clear at the time — that culminated with me waiting one morning in a conference room with other employees as management called us in one by one either to give us a new job title or to lay us off. My turn arrived…


from my ongoing series Essays I Can’t Write if I Want to Keep my Job

It’s September, and I’ve been awash in back-to-school emails from all over the university. Most all are welcome and informative, and a vast majority are written for a general “university family” or “faculty and staff” kind of audience. Some, of course, are more specifically addressed to my department, my school, and/or my division. Those are from chairs and deans and other leaders whose news is more targeted to my work and areas of expertise.

Within those more targeted emails, I have received information about at…

Jen Plants

Maker of Theatre — Teacher of the Brave — Faculty Associate, Department of English, UW-Madison — Proprietress, Maudetown Vintage — Human Being

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