Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:17 PM
Reagan Motsinger, English teaching specialist at Grace College, Westfield, recently had 21 of his original poems published by BookLeaf Publishing following one of their writing challenges. Photo provided.
WINONA LAKE – Reagan Motsinger, English language teaching specialist at Grace College, Westfield, recently had 21 of his original poems published by BookLeaf Publishing following one of their writing challenges.
Motsinger’s book of poems, titled “Spaghetti Brain”, is a vast collection of the author’s emotions, interests and thoughts on how writing has helped her navigate the complexities of life. , according to a press release from Grace College.
“A lot of these poems were written during an emotionally difficult semester for me,” Motsinger said. “I was dealing with friendship issues and frustrations at school, so they focus on emotionally wrestling with those issues. There’s a good range of stuff in the collection that deserves the title, ‘Spaghetti Brain ‘ because there’s so much going on in my brain at once.
Motsinger has been passionate about writing since she can remember, but she is especially grateful to her first-grade English teacher at Westfield High School, Mrs. Caulfield, who introduced her to the world of writing. poetry.
“She’s the reason I started writing poetry more consistently in the first place,” Motsinger said. “She was talking about poetry contests with the class, and I was participating. That’s what pushed me to write poetry more consistently outside of school.
Although Motsinger has had a long interest in writing, it wasn’t until her senior year at a CIY conference that God prompted her to pursue a career in education. She enrolled at Indiana State University her freshman year, but after a year and a half there, she transferred to Grace College, which she had heard about from a friend at church.
Having just completed her first semester at Grace as an English Education major and creative writing minor, Motsinger is excited about the opportunities her future will bring.
“I love reading and writing, so my hope with the creative writing minor is that it will not only develop my skills as a side career, but also help me teach those kinds of skills to my students as well. ,” said Motsinger, who is currently working on the next project she hopes to publish – a fantasy/romance novel.
She is determined to become a more cohesive writer and hopes to be involved with “Inkspot”, Grace College’s literary magazine in the coming years. Motsinger knows that his own commitment to writing will positively impact his future classroom experience. “I hope that when I teach, some of the passion and enthusiasm I have for writing also ignites the enthusiasm of my students.”
To learn more about the English Education major and Grace’s other humanities degrees, visit www.grace.edu/academics/undergraduate/academic-schools-departments/sc/department-of-humanities/.
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