Someone from the program sent me an email today informing me that I’ve got a mention on the Sycamore Review’s Blog.
Pretty awesome. I actually think Katie gave me more credit than I’m due – she also spoke to my friend Steph, who was the one who filled her in about our program’s work with the kids at the Juvenile Detention Center. I simply provided info. about our work at the Center for the Homeless and Riley HS and sent her a couple of contact emails later (I’m not in charge of the Center for the Homeless program, though I participate, and I am just starting to transition into responsibility for the Riley HS readings).
At any rate, I’m excited to hear that there’s buzz being generated about my program’s involvement in the community and am hopeful that Purdue’s program and ours will be able to collaborate and share more resources with one another as our various outreach activities grow. I hadn’t gotten the chance to mention it earlier, but aside from plunging me a little more deeply into the Asian American poetry community, AWP was a really awesome opportunity for me to connect with other writers who were interested in community service and service teaching. The panel that Purdue presented at was just one of many awesome sessions that I attended throughout the weekend, and I left feeling really encouraged, and excited to continue to pursue service while I’m at ND, but also to seriously pursue a teaching job with a program like WITS (Writers in the Schools) or WritersCorps post-graduation.
So, Katie – if you’re reading this – thanks! 🙂