What a wonderful, life-giving day it’s been here at Calvin College. Day one of the Festival of Faith & Writing has drawn to a close…well, for me it has, anyway. I think there are still some activities happening back on campus, including a Caedmon’s Call concert, a showing of the film version of Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia, and a poetry reading. I’m happy to be unwinding and digesting the sessions I did attend today, and am ready for a good night’s sleep before a full day of sessions tomorrow.
Besides hearing inspiring messages from likes of Mary Gordon, Mischa Berlinski (whose novel Fieldwork has now been added to my must-read list), Mary Karr (whose memoirs The Liar’s Club and Cherry I purchased immediately after), and Michael Chabon, I ran into several friends and acquaintances, in this order: Margie Haack, Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma (editor of catapult magazine), Gregory Wolfe (editor of Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion), Denise Frame Harlan, Erica Young, Lew Klatt, Dennis Dean and Tom McWhertor. I saw Gail and Andrew Heffner from a distance, and I imagine there will be more sightings, and hopefully opportunities to interact, with many of these folks and more tomorrow and Saturday.