I was pleasantly surprised by the little uptick in readership yesterday. It is certainly enough of a motivator to write here a little more often.
At the moment, I am in the town of Morris, Minnesota, about three hours west of the Twin Cities and near some Dakota or other. I am here for the Prairie Gate Literary Festival the University of Minnesota-Morris. The town is small, about 5,000, and to me, quintessentially small-town Midwest. In other words, it is very familiar but not entirely comfortable.
This is my first professional conference. For the next day and a half, I will attend readings and workshops, as well as doing what I enjoy most: meeting new people. Business cards in tow, I hope to find a bit of camaraderie and kinship, and perhaps even learn more about MFA programs here in the Midwest.
I will be sure to give an overview when I return to Minneapolis on Sunday. Meanwhile, I’m about to head off for the evening’s activities.