After a very long process that involved lots of bureacracy, meetings, more revisions of my resume than I want to think about, and testimonies from colleagues and former students (thank you!), I've been promoted to full professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Hurrah!
This morning as I was reading Susan Griffin's essay "Red shoes" for the seminar I teach in experimental forms of creative nonfiction, I came across these words: "I love that moment in writing when I know that language falls short. There is something more there. A larger body. Even by the failure of words I begin to detect its dimensions. As I work the prose, shift the verbs, look for new adjectives, a different rhythm, syntax, something new beings to come to the surface." That is what I love the most about writing.
I just finished, "Earthmover," my essay about the lowly but mighty earthworm for the anthology that Barbara K. Richardson is editing called Loving Dirt: Thirty Writers Get Down to Earth. Some of the other writers in this "dirty" little collection include Julene Bair, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Marilyn Krysl, John T. Price, Liz Stephens, and Wes Jackson. I can't wait to read their takes on dirt!
You're invited to my book talk at the Milton R. Abrahamson Branch Library in Omaha on Monday, December 16, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. I'll give a brief reading, speak about the research that I did for What the River Carries, as well as the autobiographical elements in the collection, answer questions, and send folks on their way with some place-based writing prompts.
The library is on 5111 N. 90th Street. The event is free. To register, go to http://host2.evanced.info/omaha/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=30214
Please call the library at 402.444.6284 if you have questions.