It’s a terrific week for literature in South Bend, Indiana. St. Mary’s College is celebrating National Library Week and had a full a week of readings by students, by their amazing professor Frances Hwang, and even by me. I gave a reading there on Wednesday, up on the top floor of the library, overlooking several floors of books and with a picture window view of the bell tower.
A few of my students, and rows and rows of St. Mary’s students were there. I read a story about Mermaid wishes. Someone asked me why I write. I stumbled my way through an answer. Something about life and its amorphous chaos, something about wanting to give shape via language. Mostly I said how cool an answer to that question could be if one could articulate it. When I left, the librarian Bob Hall gave me a potted hyacinth.
On Tuesday I visited Steve Tomasula’s class at Notre Dame, and we talked at Legends sports bar over chicken quesadillas about carving out a life of writing via academia – ph.d. programs, teaching jobs, etc. The students asked great questions and gave me ideas for future posts, things people might want to read about on a blog called phdincreativewriting.
Thanks to all of my wonderful hosts – especially Frances Hwang and Steve Tomasula – this week!
There’s even more great literarity this weekend in South Bend:
24-hour Poetry Marathon at South Bend’s Art Post! Many IUSB writers will be reading. Check the schedule here.
IUSB English Department’s Student Writing Awards featuring novelist Joyce Hinnefeld
Release of the 2011 ANALECTA!
4:00-4:45 Q&A with Joyce Hinnefeld in Wiekamp Hall, Room 3001
7:00 p.m. Awards & Reading in Wiekamp Hall 1001
8:30 p.m. Reception & Book Signing, Wiekamp Hall 3001
All events are free and open to the public
2:30 p.m. Analecta Reading @ Fiddler’s Hearth