Writer haunts bookstores and coffee shops

High school writing prodigy, Meg Hayertz, describes her love of reading and writing.

Excerpt from the West Linn Tidings (Portland, OR):

At 17, Meg Hayertz spends an unusual amount of time sipping Chai tea lattes at coffee shops around Portland.

Two of her favorite haunts are Willamette Coffee House on Eighth Court in West Linn and Powell’s Book Store on Burnside.

Last year, she spent entire days at Portland’s annual “Wordstock,” going from one reading to another — never getting enough.

She’ll go anywhere an author is reading poetry, short stories or excerpts from a book….

…. Hayertz uses different forms of expression for special purposes. She calls poetry magical, and she writes those short verses to meditate on a theme. She describes storytelling as an exploration that helps her forge a philosophy.

In fact, one of her favorite subjects at school centers on psychology and philosophy, which might join creative writing as a second major when she attends Knox College (Galesburg, Ill.) later this year.

Hayertz will probably be looking for independent studies at college, just like she is doing now at West Linn High School.

“I’ve been really lucky with what this school has allowed me to do,” she said. “I changed my graduation requirements so I could write more.”