I am a 23 year old writer from the wonderful state of Illinois. I graduated from college last December and spent some time abroad teaching English. I recently got back in the country and applied to grad school. I found this website a few weeks ago and thought I'd make an account. I've been looking for a good writing community to join and this seems to fit the bill. A little about my writing experience: I started writing silly little stories when I was a kid and continued until high school, when I started writing poetry instead. I did that for a few years, though I did find the time to write my first serious story as a college freshman. That won a local writing contest, but I didn't write any other stories for a couple more years. I self-published my first book, a collection of short stories, in January 2011. I sold about seventy copies on campus and to some friends. I'm currently working on my second collection and hope to have it out early next year. My favorite writers include Gil Scott-Heron, Cormac McCarthy, Raymond Carver, Henry Rollins and Langston Hughes. I'm looking forward to sharing my work with all of you and reading other writers' stories as well.