Meet New WITS Writer Shane Lake

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September 6, 2012 by witshouston

WITS Writer Shane Lake

Shane Lake was born and raised in Mattapoisett, MA. He left the Bay State for Pennsylvania, where he was a student in the creative writing program at Susquehanna University. In 2012 he received an MFA in poetry from Arizona State, and he is currently a doctoral student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston. Shane’s thoughts on what he wishes to accomplish with WITS:

 As a new WITS writer, I hope to help students find their individual voices, and to help them realize that they all have important stories to tell. I owe so much to the great teachers I have had in the past, and I just want to pass on what I have learned to younger generations of writers.

Excerpt from a favorite childhood writing:

When I was growing up, my favorite book was Maurice Sendak’s classic, Where The Wild Things Are. I always loved the part where Max’s room turns into a forest:

 “That very night in Max’s room a forest grew, and grew—and grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around.”

 After reading this, I always wanted the same thing to happen to my room.

Welcome aboard Shane!

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