Breathing Again in Vermont

The last six months have been filled with loss and mourning. Then the VCFA residency rolled around and I had to postpone my travel to Vermont. Apart from travel delays, I have never been late to residency in the ten years I’ve taught here. But I couldn’t¬†be in two places at once. And I had to make time for:

  • laundry between trips
  • recovering my breath
  • dealing with that feeling of emptiness you get when life has just beaten you up and there is nothing you can do

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But now I’m here at VCFA with this amazing¬†writing community of students and faculty. Over the years, the conversation of books, life, and the intersections between them has stimulated and energized me and made me a better writer. This is a magical place and what happens here ends up having a profound effect on books for children and young adults in North America and beyond.

Now it is healing me and I am profoundly grateful.