She first fell in love with poetry at Colby, mentored by Peter Harris and Ira Sadoff. At Colby she also learned other skills: “ Colby taught me to speak up. Colby taught me that I was expected to have an opinion, a response, an idea and that I was expected to share… Colby also taught me the value of listening and collaboration, skills which are just as important as speaking up.” Today, her favorite aspect of poetry is how it “ makes [her] more alert to [her] own life.” Hoogs also says that she loves “ the way that poetry takes language – the material that all of us have access to – and tweaks it, makes it mean two (or more!) things at the same time.” She is currently working on her first full-length collection of poetry. “ I’d like to publish it and move on to the next one!” Hoogs says.
- Katerina Faust, ’ 14, William D. Adams Presidential Scholar
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