About Cody Walker

Cody Walker's most recent book is The Self-Styled No-Child (Waywiser, 2016).

Trump, Galumphing

So it’s finally come to pass: Someone as qualified to be president as I am (and I’m not at all qualified) will represent a major American political party in November’s election. How will it end? I suggested an analogue drawn…

Clowns and Poetry (Part Two)

A few days ago, each student in my clown class submitted a new course syllabus as part of a final portfolio. How, I had asked them, might the class be reimagined, rebuilt? How might it be made better, stronger, faster…

Clowns and Poetry (Part One)

Ann Arbor’s weather of late has been a bit berserk. It snowed two weeks ago; then it was eighty degrees. Today it’s gray and rainy, conditions that pass for spring-like in the Midwest. Students are taking exams and turning in…

AWP: When Writers Attack

Last week, on a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles, I read Chuck Sambuchino’s When Clowns Attack: A Survival Guide. I was preparing for the AWP Conference—an annual 12,000-person pileup that I look forward to, in a way, but that…

Vocabulary Lesson

What’s the relationship between being able to appreciate something and being able to speak about it? Last month I saw a performance—Black Girl: Linguistic Play, by Camille A. Brown’s dance company—that interested me to the point that I wanted to…

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