Shane Beehan is in the second semester of his MA.
I came to Memorial to study Atlantic Canadian literature because the resources the university and the city offer are unmatched anywhere else in the country. When I’m not studying or avoiding potholes and errant drivers on my bike, I’m usually at Rob’s* drinking some Dominion Ale or down at The Ship for some great music. My favorite dinner in town (when Rob’s wife, Deanna, isn’t cooking) is India Gate. I never would have imagined St. John’s would offer me the finest Indian meal I’ve ever had, but this city is full of surprises.
Self-Help, David Bezmozgis’ Natasha, and Lisa Moore’s Open. Before I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning I always try to read a single poem. I’m currently enjoying Sue Goyette’s Outskirts and Johanna Skibrud’s I Do Not Think I Could Love A Human Being. But my free time for personal reading is becomimg less and less, and, ironically, one of my current classes is to blame ... for introducing me to Deadwood.
Where will my MA take me? I’m not entirely sure yet, but it has already brought me here to St. John’s and introduced me to some amazing people. My degree is just a bonus.
*Fellow graduate student Robert Williams, profile coming soon.