A “Thank You” Letter from Vermont

I want to thank ALSCW for making it possible for me to attend the Vermont Studio Center this May and June. I feel deeply grateful for this privilege. These weeks have been even more inspiring and fruitful than I could have imagined.

Much of what I had planned did indeed happen: I completed a draft of an article that will be published in September and that will be part of my book project; I revised a personal essay for publication; I completed and submitted another personal essay which, I was happy to learn, was just accepted for publication in Crab Orchard Review, I wrote an introduction for an article, and I worked on my manuscript… All this went more or less as I had planned. But the best parts of my residency were actually the unplanned things: