After a phone call today from Brown University, I immediately said yes, agreeing to come to school there this Fall. I'll be working towards an M.F.A. in poetry in their Literary Arts program.
I was holding out on Brown, but honestly I had wonderful offers Notre Dame's M.F.A. and Illinois State's MA program, for which I was offered a wonderful fellowship.
As readers of this blog will note, this hasn't been without a lot of hard work over the last years, and a great part of that is the patience of friends and family, and especially my wife, Jennifer. She has been through a lot with me, with a lot more crap to sludge through, I'm sure.
I must also thank Johannes, G.C. and Joyelle for what I imagine must have been wonderful letters of recommendation. It's so strange to have one part of your file that you have absolutely no idea about, but that could have made a huge difference. That these three were willing to take a chance on me four years into my Iowan exile truly means the world to me. I'll never be able to thank them enough.
We'll be moving there this August, and while we're really going to miss Iowa City, I think it's the perfect time for me to start school and get on with my life. Jennifer is coming with of course, though she'll be heading off to do Ph.D. field work for her Anthropology degree. We'll be apart some, but again, this is the time to do it.
Anyways, we're so excited- today has been an incredible Friday the 13th, certainly- and there's just so much to think about and look forward to. There will be some things to stress out about, but for now, I'm going to enjoy it.