Episode 20: Jeremiah Barker | Litowitz Graduate Program MFA+MA, Northwestern University

A joint MA+MFA program allows students to deepen their understanding of literary criticism and theory while crafting creative works. Jeremiah Barker of Northwestern University tells Jared how they balance the workload, how they find self-compassion in the face of pandemic-induced writer’s block, and how writing about trauma is and is not like therapy.

Jeremiah Barker is an essayist currently based in Chicago. They are a third-year student in the MA and MFA Litowitz Graduate Program at Northwestern University. Their work has appeared in Ploughshares and StoryQuarterly.


· “Laundry” by Jeremiah Barker
· Eula Biss, Artist in Residence, Northwestern
· StoryStudio Chicago
· Rebecca Makkai 
· The Block Museum of Art

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