Q&A with Poet Jasmine Combs

It’s been a good year for Jasmine Combs ’16. Combs has won writing and poetry slam competitions and was featured in Philly Voice’s “18 Young Philadelphians Shaping the Future of the City’s Creative Class.” Between all of this, she’s finding time to complete two degrees at Temple. I caught up with Jasmine to talk about her exciting year and how she got her start in slam poetry.

I picked this as a major because writing and interacting with literature is pretty much the entirety of my life. I majored in creative writing in high school at Philadelphia’s High School for Creative and Performing Arts, so it only made sense to continue with that. I minored in Spanish because I’ve always wanted to learn the language fluently and I’m getting my master’s in secondary ed because teaching has always been my plan B, so I figure it’s best to get a master’s degree sooner rather than later.

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Iraq to Ancient Greece

Temple Liberal Arts alumnus Eamonn Connor ’12 can disarm a bomb, identify the stages of rigor mortis, and describe the influences of Greek and Roman civilizations in everyday life. Connor and I met to discuss his his unique background and how he connected his life experiences through an education in the classics.

“I conducted telephone and on-scene investigations of all non-natural deaths in our area. This included interviewing doctors, nurses, family members and witnesses, documenting death scenes with photography and written reports, assessing the state of the decedent’s remains (body temperature, rigor mortis, lividity, defects such as wounds and trauma, etc.), and preparing the remains for transport. Occasionally, I was even lucky enough to assist in an autopsy!”

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