Notes from Crew Quarters–Dream Jobs

by Ben Kinney on December 4, 2015

in Announcements, Blog, Notes from Crew Quarters


Photo by Jarle Refsnes

This week, we asked our editors: If writing or the world of academia were out of the question, what would be your dream job?

Robin McCarthy
Managing Editor
Belfast, Maine

I’d get a truck and drive around and buy old junk. Then I’d get some land in the country, put all my junk there. I’d spray paint some of the stuff, spruce it up and make it shiny. Then I’d get a “for sale” sign and sell the junk to people who stop to gawk at my wares on their Sunday afternoon drives. It is, essentially, the same business model as both writing and academia, but with more recycling and less time on the internet.

Andrea Wuorenmaa
Associate Editor, Creative Nonfiction
Ishpeming, Michigan

A tour guide in a European country.

Amy Hansen
Associate Editor, Poetry
Sycamore, Illinois

I’d be a nurse.

Timston Johnston
Fiction Editor
Weidman, Michigan

Traffic safety control.

Matt Weinkam
Managing Editor
Cincinnati, Ohio

Garbage collector. As a kid I waited by the window Friday mornings for the garbage men to come and would shout and cheer when they tossed the bins to the curb, hopped on the back of the truck, and rode off into the distance like badasses.

Jason Teal
Associate Editor, Poetry
Sandusky, Ohio

Billionaire astronaut cowboy.

Hayli Cox
Associate Editor, Creative Nonfiction
Morenci, Michigan

Corvid trainer.

Jacque Boucher
Spoken Word Poetry
Juneau, Alaska

I’d be a community organizer. Even if it couldn’t be for art, I’d want to be doing something that allowed me to work with smart people and create safe spaces for others to do what they loved.

Tyler Dettloff
Associate Editor, Nonfiction
Kinross, Michigan

A floral gardener/landscaper for writers and people in academia. Just to let the gardens tell a story, and maybe be heard and mentioned in another story :)

Sara Ryan
Associate Editor, Poetry
Ann Arbor, Michigan

A chef. I’ve always said that if I didn’t love poetry so much, I would have gone to culinary school.

Patricia Killelea
Poetry Editor
Alameda, California

i’d make music and tour with Modraniht full time because black metal has vitamins.

Hayley Fitz
Associate Editor, Fiction
North Ridgeville, Ohio

I’d want to work on movies or video games in some capacity, like a foley artist or something. pay me money to make weird noises in a room all day, please.

James Dyer
Associate Editor, Creative Nonfiction
Lowell, Michigan


John LaPine
Associate Editor, Creative Nonfiction
Ishpeming, Michigan


Annie Bilancini
Associate Editor, Fiction
Cleveland, Ohio

I would be a voice actor for cartoons or else one of those people that goes to grade schools and talks about self-esteem while dressed up as a historical figure like Lady Bird Johnson. Or wait, is she still alive?

Ashely Adams
Associate Editor, Creative Nonfiction
Watervliet, Michigan

I would definitely go back to my dream job growing up, paleontologist. I’d either research dinosaur-bird evolution or Cambrian life. I mean, look at this weird stuff:


Stephen Wardell

Stephen Wardell
Associate Editor, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry
Williamston, Michigan

I’d be a Cat on a Hot Tin Roofer.

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