Some of you may have watched J.K. Rowling's interview with Oprah in October. If not, I encourage you to find it online or read the transcripts. In it, there is a clip of the commencement address she gave at Harvard University in June 2008 on the theme of "The Fringe Benefits of Failure" (click on the title to watch the video). It made me think of Bill Holm, a former professor and colleague at Southwest Minnesota State University who wrote a book titled The Music of Failure that has a wonderful essay with that title. As human beings, and as writers, our failures can be our best teachers. As J.K. Rowling said in her interview, hitting rock bottom was the foundation for all that would follow.
I love to play with words. To capture moments on the page. To explore the physical and spiritual geography of what I call "fly-over country." I write from imagination, observation and my own experience of wandering in fly-over country--the literal, physical spaces of my life on the Minnesota prairie and the inner territory of the soul.