I’m back from my MFA program’s alumni day, which welcomes alums back to Enders Island for a meal and a hangout and allows us to attend a seminar and pretend that we’re still in school. Today I took a poetry seminar. I’m not a poet, but the teacher of the seminar I took is Baron Wormser, and he’s incredible, as you’d expect a poet laureate of Maine to be. I’ve now taken two of his seminars, and just like the first seminar I took with him, this one – which explored argument in poetry – simultaneously inspired me and made my brain hurt.
The administration also very graciously allows us alumni authors to come back and read from our work during a special reading period, which is followed by a group book signing. I didn’t expect to be invited as a reader this residency, since I read last residency, but I was delighted to be invited back to the island to read alongside novelist Chris Belden and poet Colin Halloran. Being a part of that line-up is no joke.
It’s also really cool for me for another reason: although I read primarily from Beware the Hawk, I was also able to read a taster from the upcoming book, The Eagle and the Arrow. One of the beautiful things about being part of the Fairfield MFA program is that it’s a safe place to share new work, and all three of us did that.
My husband was on camera duty for the reading, and I’m posting the fruits of his labors on my Facebook page. We had some technical difficulties with the lens, but he managed to get photos of the other readers as well. Feel free to visit, like the photos, comment, tag yourself and whatnot.
It was wonderful to see you and to hear you read again (especially new work!) and then to finally get my copy signed! It was a great alumni day.
Did you tweak the blog? I feel like it looks a little different… FANTASTIC!
It was great to see you as well. I love that all of us alums stay in touch online, but there’s nothing like seeing everyone in person. And yes, I did redesign the blog; I’m glad you like it!
You presented your novella really well, AJ – and what you read from the new work was fabulous! I can’t wait to read it!
Thank you, Jane! And thank you for the photos. I’ve got one on my About Me page now.