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Crystal Liu

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About

Hello, I’m Crystal. I’m a rising senior in the Philosophy department, and I am writing a creative thesis under Tracy K. Smith.

Slam poetry was my entry point into creative writing at Princeton. I saw Ellipses perform at a preview event. The energy in that space, the honest and emotional pieces, and the deep love amongst the poets and their listeners drew me in. It was the first time I dared to imagine myself as a poet. I joined Ellipses in my first year, but I didn’t feel like a poet yet. It was hard—I felt like I had done something foolish, leaping into hot water and assuming that just by trying I could become a writer. That spring I began taking creative writing workshops and writing for the Nassau Weekly. I wanted to learn more, write more, to befriend writers and build a community. I gained a lot from reading with peers, and even more from the guidance of the stunning and generous professors who taught me. It was during a writing conference much later that I became convinced, contrary to what I had believed before, that strangely you can become a writer just by trying, just by doing it and telling yourself that you will do it.

As an advisor, I can share with you the lessons and stories I’ve gathered. I can tell you more about my experience, and I can help you begin to understand and shape your own. I’m also happy to chat with you about what it means to belong to a community of writers. You can’t always push through alone, especially at a place like Princeton. I owe much to the friends who have fought for me. Please reach out! I’m excited to speak with you.

Class of '19

Program in Creative Writing

Residential College

Butler

Email Address

mengqian@princeton.edu