Oakland University is a lovely place to visit! The folks there brought me in to visit some classes (Jeff Chapman’s Advanced fiction and Susan Hawkin’s Literature class) and then give a reading. I was taking a lot of cold medicine, and so I may have said some wacky things during the Q&A. After my reading, Gladys Cardiff generously escorted me to dinner at Rojo Mexican Bistro in Rochester, along with Dawn Newton and two smart students. Here we are posed in front of a mural in the restaurant Gladys Cardiff (back left with turquoise necklace) was getting her PhD at Western Michigan University at the same time I was getting my MFA; Dawn Newton (back right) and I are pals from numerous writing events; in the blue shirt is Liz Silverman and in the red sweater is Christina McDaniel. I slept very well in the Royal Park Hotel and ate delicious oatmeal with berries in the morning.
Below is a photo that James Tomlinson sent me of the two of us. He also wrote about my reading of “Shotgun Wedding” on his blog http://motorcityburningpress.blogspot.com/
While I was in Rochester, I learned that there was a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s there, so I was a little slower getting out of town than I would have been otherwise. Those of you who do not live in Western Michigan may not be aware that we do not have a single Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods East of Ann Arbor. Yes, we are suffering.
So I want to thank everyone at Oakland University for a great visit.