yesterday—June 22, 2019—I graduated with my mfa in fiction from southern New Hampshire University’s low-residency mountainview mfa program. the 48 hours I spent among family and friends were beautiful, hectic, a little saddening (only because it’s the end of a fantastic two years), humbling in the sweetest ways, and a weekend I will never forget.
Not only did I have the honor of having my story, “have mercy,” published in assignment magazine, but I was surprised to be awarded the lynn safford memorial prize for fostering camaraderie amongst my peers. to me, any and every effort i’ve expended to bring my peers closer together has allowed me to reap immeasurable benefits in friendship, lessons learned, inspiration, and so much more. this award, along with the notes left by my peers in my graduation journal, and along with the hugs and smiles and tears and laughs over these last 24 months have left an indelible mark on my heart that i’m honored and happy to have.
Tonight, after a big party last night and a 4.5 hour drive home today, I will rest. Then, tomorrow, it’s back to writing: drafting, researching, editing, revising…because there’s always more to learn, always more to explore.