Jessica CalhounI am a graduate student pursuing my Master’s Degree in English with an emphasis on Language and Literacy. I don’t consider myself especially clever or remarkable, I am only exceedingly curious about every aspect of our world. I was born and raised in San Diego, and spent several years working for a CPA after high school. My mother is a librarian and my father is a math teacher, and from an early age my love of literature and education has gone hand-in-hand. My husband (a Navy bodyguard turned youth pastor) is a Chico native and in 2009 we moved from San Diego to Chico. We have a beautiful daughter named Payton, who was born in 2010 and is the most whimsical, imaginative, awe-inspiring little toddler I have ever known (but I may be a tad partial). We also have two dogs, Ladybird and Chance, who round out our crazy little house.
On any given day you may find me discussing a panoply of topics: the implications of federal income tax law on title-IV financial aid (blame it on the day job), the newly acquired passing game of the Denver Broncos, how a debate between C.S. Lewis and Richard Dawkins on the existence of God might have gone, or if Luke Skywalker really could have survived inside a tauntaun while Han put up the shelter. This world is so full of ideas, those that have been explored and those that still need exploring, and I want to experience them all. I doubt there is a better means to explore our world (both real and imagined), than through the beauty of the written word. On the shelves of my home library you will find the works of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Malcolm Gladwell, Virginia Woolf, J.K. Rowling, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Mark Twain (just to name a few). I have grown especially fond of war literature, ranging from the young-adult civil war novel Rifles for Watie, to the modern day nonfiction work Generation Kill. I have not yet selected a topic for my Master’s Thesis, but I do know that I am excited for the opportunity to impart my love of literature and the English language on future generations.