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Olive Maurstad

Teacher/Mentor

Olive was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, though she briefly left for California to earn her bachelor’s degree in English from Pomona College. While at Pomona, she worked at the college’s Writing Center, working mostly with incoming freshmen learning to write at a college level. She also was involved with the college’s Queer Resource Center and is excited to work in an environment that is so welcoming to other queer and trans people.

Olive is an avid reader and writer, qualities she inherited from her dad, who wrote for The Dallas Morning News for many years, and her mom, who gave her a copy of Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler to read at twelve years old.

In her free time, she plays video games, especially action RPGs such as the Dark Souls and Monster Hunter series. More than anything she is a lover of all things weird, be they the Giallo films of Italian director Dario Argento, the metamorphic poems of the Roman author Ovid, or the horror manga of Japanese artist Junji Ito. If you discover anything fantastical, grotesque, or strange that you just can’t stop thinking about, come by her classroom, she’d love to talk about it.

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