WITS Student Featured in the American Life in Poetry

Nancyrose Houston reading her poem at the fall 2009 reading and celebration of Wake Up in Brightness

Magical things happen when a writer-in-residence steps into a classroom. This magical thing often leads to other magical things. And so on and so forth. I am excited to brag here about the result of one such magical chain of events: the publication of Nancyrose Houston’s lovely piece of writing, “The Letter from Home,” in The American Life in Poetry. This is a pretty fancy column, edited by Ted Kooser and appearing in over 200 newspapers around the country, and we’ve been lucky that they’ve featured WITS three times over the last couple of years.

You can read the poem here: http://www.americanlifeinpoetry.org/.

But none of this wouldn’t have happened without the magical teaching of Wilson Diehl, the lesson that sparked Nancyrose’s imagination on the particular day this piece was written, and the subsequent piece that so caught our eyes (and minds and hearts) so that we just had to publish it in our best-of anthology, Wake Up in Brightness.

Congratulations to Nancyrose! Who knows where this will next lead her? Who knows who will read it and be inspired? Who knows? It’s all possibility, and there’s magic in that, too.

Rebecca Hoogs


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