Phinney, Jonathan

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 B.A. University of New Hampshire, M.F.A. ibid.

 I grew up in the Monadnock Region, and hold dearly the natural beauty we take for granted.  

I am constantly enthralled by the power of words to describe the infinite variety of human experience, and by the experience created by words themselves. I studied English and Writing at UNH, though I am fascinated by almost every other subject. I took an Intro to Marine Biology course my senior year and believe that, had I taken it sooner, I would have changed my major. I feel the same way about an oil painting class I took the semester before. While writing, and teaching writing, are my passions, I believe this diversity of interests prepared me well to be a tutor here at Dublin.  

I have lived on the NH seacoast, in San Jose, California, and even, for a semester of college, in Southern India. I have come full circle, to live again in the shadow of Monadnock. This area is special. I consider myself lucky to live just down the road from Dublin, in Harrisville, with my beautiful partner, Kalyn, and my wonderful daughter, Amelia.

What book has made you think the most? The Magus, by John Fowles

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Mike O'Leary. He was my favorite High School English teacher. He encouraged inquiry and original thinking. He valued and sought difference of opinion, and pushed students to think deeply and work to articulate their differences.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? I took a screenwriting class in grad school that was actually a form and technique workshop in fiction writing. Each week, four students would write a scene and a synopsis for a movie. Each would choose fellow students to act in our scenes, serving as director for the performance, held right in the classroom. It was messy and fun and chaotic, and turned out to be a great way to get inside the process of conceiving, visualizing, and dramatizing a story.

If I had a free afternoon I would... Listen to mid-career John Coltrane and drink really good coffee, maybe read a little Jack Gilbert.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love a challenging hike, where the change in altitude or terrain reveals changes in the landscape.

 

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