Dear readers. Some really nice news came in last week, and I’ve been waiting for it to become official so I could tell you. Some months ago, my friend, the poet Nissa Lee, told me about The Winter Getaway, a weekend-long writing conference held in New Jersey every January. They had scholarships, and so I applied, sending in the first five pages of my story, “My Arctic Circle,” which Beth Kephart had advised on at a recent Rutgers event, and a personal statement explaining my increasingly tenuous connection to America. Then one day the phone rang and the organiser, Peter Murphy, introduced himself. Hooray!
I’ve been feeling pretty great since then. I will get to go to this conference with the tuition and board paid, take writing classes, have fun, hear Stephen Dunn read again, and see some parts of NJ I would have never. Being awarded this scholarship also means that in one week, with the Glimmer Train “mention” coming a few days before, I have gone from having a quite bare writing cv to a pretty good one. Now I have two competition high spots and a scholarship to declare. Hooray! Hooray!