Alix Ohlin has a very impressive resume. She completed her BA at Harvard, her MFA at the Michener's Center for Writers in Texas, and she's currently the Chair of the UBC Creative Writing Department. But beneath and beyond these accomplishments is someone who used to speak in antiquated pirate language, binge on Potato Smiles, and teach alongside Benedictine Monks (one of whom often had pockets full of bacon). This episode is about how Alix built her life as a writer, and why it's important to recognize our identities as multifaceted and ineffable. We also chat about kill shelters for books (nooooo), our relationships with failure, and why the 2016 election was especially mind-bending for Alix.