A panel of first-year grad students gave a wonderful reading that included Chris Oveson, an instructor at SMSU, and Jessica Welu, a 2010 graduate of SMSU. A terrific panel titled "The Juggling Act: The Writing and Life after the MFA" was presented by writers Becky Fjelland-Davis, Gwen Hart and Roger Hart. I read on an SMSU panel with poets Susan McLean, Chris Oveson and Jerry Schaefer. So great to connect with some of my former professors, Rick Robbins, Roger Sheffer, Donna Casella, and good friends from grad school. Many thanks to Chris Oveson for organizing this panel. And thanks to all those at MSU, Mankato who made this conference happen.
As I head into the home stretch of this semester, the readings and conversations with fellow travelers on the writing path re-energized me, reminded me of all the unexpected joys to be found along the way.