Brief Insight: Hugo Gatica

Hello to all, my name is Hugo Gatica. I’m an up-and-coming artist, primarily in printmaking and photography, with an immense passion for the creative fields. I recently graduated Rutgers University with a bachelor’s in fine arts and a minor in creative writing. I often keep to myself in my studio, so whenever I’m not focused on writing or classes I’m usually working on my next piece.

I hope this doesn’t come off as egocentric, but I would like to share a bit more about the art world I’m in, so I’m added a few links if anyone is interested in checking out. They do better justice in describing me than in any way I could say myself.

My primary art website (WIP, not all of my work are uploaded yet):

An interview I recently took part in (provides more insight into me):

The last gallery show I attended (it even includes a trailer of my showcased work!):

My sole passion isn’t just in visual arts, for as long as I can remember I’ve always been enamored with the world of writing. I spent countless hours as a child in my public library, absorbed in any book I was reading. There’s something about the way words can be woven and expressed, and I find writing a powerful and beautiful tool. I wanted to pursue a degree in one of my biggest motivators in life.

As to why I write? I write because I feel most like myself when I do. I have a lot of issues when it comes to self expression with my physical voice, so I often look towards writing and art making to say what’s on my mind. It allows for a lot of insight and introspection into my own mind and heart, learning new things about myself, putting things into perspective and allowing me to feel confident enough to talk with my voice once I feel I know what it is I want to say. I write because it’s an extension of who I am as a person.

Getting started on our journey!

We are on our way now…

ENG 5020: Bridging writing theory with practice…

I am so glad to connect with all of you yesterday for the start of our seminar journey together.  As you all remember, our first evening together was really devoted to mapping out the way this course will unfold.  I am glad to have taken the time to go through each aspect of the course design.  Now we will all have ample time to “settle in” to the rhythms of the course, set our presentation calendar, and open up our discussions about writing, education, and literacies.  It was fun to do some collaborative introductions, and I am very optimistic about this smart new cohort in the MA program.

Our agenda slides from 9/14

Here is our opening slide deck if you want to refer to what we covered together:

Next week we will look more closely at the Reading Roster together, and we will work together on setting the agenda in our ENG 5020 Tentative Course Schedule together.

Your “to do” list  for our next class (9/21):

  1. Please make sure your URL and twitter account is inserted into this form 
  2. Search our class Reading Roster for articles of relative interest – select a couple of articles for your possible discussion lead – we will work out our presentation schedule by negotiation on the evening of 9/21
  3. Read two brief posts:

Hunt, B. (2013, December 11). We never use pen & paper [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Popova, M (2014, December 2). Lynda Barry’s Illustrated Field Guide to Keeping a Visual Diary and Cultivating a Capacity for Creative Observation [Blog post: Brainpickings] Retrieved from

4.  Please post your first blog by next Sunday night.  Introduce yourself to your new MA in Writing cohort (in whatever way you would like to). Suggestion: share what you would like about your background and include some visuals (perhaps a short video, or an image – this does not need to be a personal photo, but can be a photo or a few representing something about you). Take a creative or metaphorical approach if you like. Tell us a little about yourself, and why are you pursuing an MA in Writing Studies? Include in your first blog post some reflections on your “Why I Write” freewriting exercise in class. Why do you write?

5.  If you would like you are welcome to listen to this 30-minute podcast to get to know me (and the work I do) a bit better (this is optional):

Some general comments

Over the course of our semester together I hope we can develop a rich “backchannel” discussion on twitter and in your blogs which are syndicated on the course site which will extend our on-going class conversation while opening it up to those who might be interested in similar matters regarding writing in a digitized/globalized context.  You can check our hashtag #unboundeq for early Twitter activity, and soon we will work with twitter in class in order to have you acclimate to the tool.

And also, please remember that for each class meeting you should develop the habit of reading through your colleagues’ blog posts as you prep for class.  Just click on the “Student Blogs” tab on this website to discover what your colleagues are thinking.  It shouldn’t take too much time to scroll through reflections there, but it will no doubt enhance our discussions and sense of community.  You will get to know each other better through these channels. And I anticipate that some of the insights that you share in your blog posts end up becoming significant “entry points” for our in-person discussions.

Again, welcome to the MA in English-Writing Studies Program, and welcome to grad school.  Looking forward to this semester with all of you.  See you next week.


Dr. Zamora


First Time’s A Charm

Hi everyone! My name is Jasjyot Bhogal, but I would prefer you call me Jessie to make it easier for the both of us but hey, if you want to try anyways, give it a shot 😉 I graduated this past May from Kean University with my Bachelors in Elementary Education along with an endorsement in Special Education, and had my content specialization in English, so it would make sense why I chose to pursue my Masters in English Writing Studies. But was that the only reason behind my decision? Of course not. Ever since I was a child, I have had a passion for writing, especially stories. Earlier, as a result of growing up with Bollywood (and Hollywood), I found enjoyment in plots that involved romance and drama. But now that I am 21 heading into 22 later this month, my choices have changed. Don’t get me wrong…romance and drama is still at the top of my list, but I get intrigued by the idea of putting myself in the shoes of another person in a situation filled with satire, politics or even mystery, and am yet to successfully to expand my literary horizons.

Being an author (my book “A Friend Till the End: Book 1” and short story “Kosher” are available on Amazon!), having the options of becoming a screenplay writer, college professor, journalist and widening my range of educational opportunities in the K-12 world is everything I could aspire for in the career/professional realm. And my ticket to enter this world is completing my Masters in English Writing Studies.

Photo by Daria Shevtsova on

And what is it about writing? Why do I write? In my opinion at least, it’s the only subject that’s grey, not black and white. I can explore all types of literature and texts and leave with my own perspective, my own mindset. Writing is an experience, which means it will differ for each writer. It’s open; it’s free. I don’t like things that are restrictive like in math 2 + 2 = 4, in chemistry 2 hydrogen and 1 oxygen make water or in history, George Washington was the first president of the U.S. Especially in these past few months during the pandemic, writing has allowed me release my thoughts, to create and imagine what pleased me in a time of a mental health downfall (which I am sure you can all agree with and experienced) and became a therapy for the mind and soul, whether I was happy, sad, angry, frustrated, excited, confused…(or maybe all the emotions mixed together 😉 )

If you would like to get to know more about me personally, you can visit my other blog at 🙂