I had a wonderful time reading at Peninsula College in Port Angeles yesterday, for the Foothills Writers Series. Thank you again to Alice Derry for inviting me, and to Kate Reavy and Carmen Germaine, who help direct the series, which has been in existence for over 30 years.
The drive out was amazing: the Seattle to Bainbridge ferry shrouded in fog, the fir trees rimed with frost. By the time I crossed the Hood Canal bridge the sun had come out, the skies were blue and clear, and the Olympic mountains were glorious! Covered with new snow and seeming so close that I could almost reach out and touch them.
Alice Derry was telling me before the reading about how Billy Collins, Yusef Komunyakaa, David Guterson, and Sherman Alexie had all read in the series in the past, when they were not "well-known;" and that within a year or so their writing careers took a "meteoric rise." She joked that it was the "Peninsula College magic," that set things off for them; and I am hoping the Peninsula College magic will work for me too (lol). Thanks again Foothills Writers for having me.