© Lesley Numberhg
I don’t just study writing. I also use writing to try to create art, putting words together in ways that strike me as beautiful and that make me feel more human.
I am currently revising a memoir called Fieldwork. It’s about how in 2014, newly divorced and accompanied by my five-year-old daughter, I returned to the former Soviet country of Latvia, where 15 years earlier as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I met my (ex) husband. I planned the trip to carry out anthropological field research that would secure my position as a tenured professor. But really, unmoored from the immigrant community of my upbringing and wrecked from my divorce, I was crossing languages and cultures in search of home.