The Hour of Fulfillment: NILA Commencement

This past weekend, I had the great honor and pleasure of giving the commencement address at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts / Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA in Creative Writing graduation.

Writing the talk gave me a chance to think about what sustains me as a writer. I opened with a brief quote from Mary Oliver’s poem “Stanley Kunitz.” Here’s the talk:


the hour of fulfillment
is buried in years of patience—

Continue reading “The Hour of Fulfillment: NILA Commencement”