Saturday, February 09, 2008

on the good news train


Wow! So, after having two poems published here, and my photos from the Palm Beach Poetry Foundation published here, I received my first response from an MFA program--an acceptance to Emerson, home of Ploughshares.

I applied to eighteen programs in total, nine of which are low-residency (generally meaning two sessions a year, each about two weeks, one in the summer, and correspondence by mail with your professors and mentors). I hadn't considered low-res until I found out there was a possibility of my remaining at Local High School. I had originally picked fourteen schools, but stopped at nine when I had to switch gears to apply to low-res schools. Ideally? I would teach at the high school and get into one of the top low-res programs. I wouldn't have to leave my husband for any amount of time, I wouldn't get my third degree from the University of Minnesota, and I would keep my place at a decent job with health insurance and a retirement plan. Practicality may always win.

But still, I can't help but be thrilled that my first response is an acceptance, in Boston, a city which I love, and hope that there will be more acceptances to come.

Happy weekend, all. It's snowing and gray here, a new blanket of white. We have guests from out of town, and more coming from an hour north and an hour south of us, a meet-up of old college friends, good food, wine, conversation.

9 comments:

Julia said...

wow indeed molly. congrats on all fronts, you deserve it. have a beautiful weekend and stay warm!

Jen said...

Congratulations, Molly! Let the acceptances roll in!

shari said...

congrats molly! that's wonderful news.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I'll keep my fingers crossed on the other schools as well. : )

KR

lizardek said...

The good news traing says CongratCHOOCHOOlations! :D That's wonderful!

Ringo said...

The first one always feels the best, that's fo sho. Did you apply to any for regular MFA? Emerson is the bomb.

emily said...

hooray! such wonderful news. like a big exhale, i imagine.

GreenishLady said...

Congratulations. That is a very good start indeed! You do deserve all your successes. Well done!

Bloody Ice Cream said...

Congrats on the poems, pics, and acceptance!