Maria Fink: After two very exciting years in Berlin, we re-located to my hometown Frankenmarkt in the country side in Austria, where I am now continuing work on my dissertation. In August, my translation of Paula Köhlmeier's short story "Pablo's Story" was published by Cagibi. You can find it here, if you would like to read it: https://cagibilit.com/pablos-story/. It's quiet and beautiful here, but I surely miss everyone at the Department. Bis hoffentlich bald!
Emma Kriss: Since February, I have taken on a second job as a sorority house director (hold for laughter) here in Bloomington. As some of my former students could confirm, I have...emotions regarding Greek life. While the sorority members live up to stereotypes in some ways, overall, they have surprised me a great deal (which often raises more questions for me), and I smile at what bright futures they have ahead of them. While the bulk of the job is dedicated to keeping the inner-workings of the house running smoothly, I hope to create a positive, warm environment with them.
After 5 1/2 years away, it has been such a pleasure to return. I've been exploring the nature in and around Bloomington; going to the farmers' market; and spending time with dear professors and friends, both old and new—dinners with Susanne; watching operas with Marc and Julie; and going on walks with Lane, to name a few.
(Emma Kriss M.A. 2015)