marks in the sand
created and maintained by Chris Biles
I created this blog to share some of my original work, and some of the words and images that have given me inspiration over the years. These marks in the sand come and go, helping to shape and reshape my life in a cycle that should never end. I hope you enjoy.
A bit about myself: I thoroughly enjoy academic work and research in both the life sciences and creative writing. I especially enjoy reading and writing poetry. Hiking and exploring outdoors has always been a favorite activity for me. My life would certainly not be complete without music. I enjoy playing the drum set, other percussion, and accompanying myself on the guitar with some singing. Hopefully I will find the time to experiment with recording some of my music and poetry soon.
During my senior year at University, I studied abroad in South Africa. My experiences, interactions, and research informed an independent study project that included a creative writing section of about 30 of my own poems. A few of these can be found in one of the drop down menus at the top of the blog page. If you’re interested in how South African poetry has transformed pre-Apartheid, to Apartheid, to post-Apartheid, to the new millennium, feel free to contact me.
My current adventure in life is the Peace Corps (Tanzania, 2015-2017). Feel free to explore the words and pictures based on my time here. In the body of my blog are posts from my PCTZ experience, and I have added poetry and some artwork to the drop down menus up top. These words and images are inspired by my life here in Tanzania, including my many interactions with other volunteers and the people of TZ. I hope you can explore this country’s culture as you dig into the stories and visuals from my life here.
(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog are mine and mine alone, and are not affiliated with the US Peace Corps in any way.)