First: I’m moving to Hawai’i! Specifically, to Honolulu, to teach creative writing and literature at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. You can see my shiny official page on the UHM website. I am tremendously excited about this new position, not just because it’s tenure-track but because it will give me loads of opportunities to learn about Hawai’ian culture and writing and Pacific Rim literatures. My Wooster students have already made me promise that I’ll wear lots of sunscreen and send them photos.
This does mean I’m leaving Wooster a year earlier than planned. I’ll miss my students and my department colleagues very much (especially my amazing chair, Tom Prendergast). I had a great, if hectic, final semester here and I feel privileged to have taught these smart, earnest, sweet students for two years.
In other news, an excerpt from my novel-in-progress, Killingly, will appear in the July issue of TriQuarterly. I’ll link it here when it’s up. I’m working on revising Killingly right now — along with revising my life to include fewer belongings and definitely fewer heavy socks and down coats.
Getting to Hawai’i is going to be a complicated adventure. (My cats have no idea what’s coming, poor babies.) I’ll post pictures once I’m there, but for now, here’s the Japanese garden on the UHM campus, snapped while I wandered around during my campus visit: