Your name: Christopher Brown
Your home town: Horsham, England
Your major(s): Pursuing a Ph.D. in Latin American History
Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English?
Spanish and Portuguese
What are your career plans? Writer, Historian
What is your favorite book or author and why?
Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong. A novel about life, death, and the legacy of the First World War in Europe.
What is your favorite word? Rumbustious
Describe (in a short paragraph) a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer: I am a non-native speaker of Spanish and Portuguese. Learning these languages has helped me reflect upon how I learn and communicate in English. Whenever I work or travel in Latin America, I pay special attention to the words I encounter: on the street, in soccer stadiums, and on people’s clothing. Encouraged by the language-learning utility of this practice, I try to replicate the process in my everyday life and work in Atlanta.