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Taryn Tilton Class of ’11

Graduation Year: 2011

Job Title: Travel writer and blogger

Current City: Buenos Aires, Argentina


What do you do at your job/project?
I’m currently living in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a freelance travel writer. I write regularly for a Buenos Aires-based arts and culture blog, and from time to time I write articles for other publications such as Time Out, Fathom, and The Hairpin.

I’m also pursuing my MFA in creative writing at Warren Wilson College.

Are you pursuing any other projects?
I am fascinated by the culture and etiquette surrounding tango, so I am learning to dance. The music is heart-breaking. I’ve also taken some creative writing workshops here and a film class, and I’m in a metals workshop as well.

How did you get involved in PCI as a student?
I had an oil painting and collage studio first in the OSM, and then in the Annex once they realized I was using turpentine. (Fire hazard!) I also had several pieces in OSM shows and my own show at 51 Main, and in the summer of 2009, the OSM let me use the main floor to display and sell paintings we brought back from a MAlt trip I led to El Salvador.

I was one of the first recipients of the OSM mini-grant, with which I was to build a self-contained closet-sized art installation. It was a beautiful failure. When I realized that all the time I had spent wasn’t necessarily a waste, though — that was a big lesson for me.

I also revived The Hunt in 2011 (after a year of its absence) with Ben Wessel ‘11.5. We wrote all the challenges and judged the final results. I think it was the first year, too, where the voting spread sheet was made public. So, so much fun.

What have you learned from PCI?
That I’m going to fail, and it’s going to be fine. That I’m going to succeed, and it’s going to be even better. That just about everything can be made to be fun. That it’s important to me, personally, to carve time out of my day to create.

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