I remember the hours after the first meeting more clearly than the meeting itself. I was panicked and nervous that day—as shaky and anxious as when taking the stage at a reading (Oh, the horror!)—but afterward, when I’d made it back home and my jitters had settled, when I got past the “What have I gone and done now” moments and found myself wondering instead what we might do at the next workshop, the rightness of it all hit me. Something awesome had happened in the simple coming together of minds, and it, as though *it* already had a communal life, had been kind enough to include me. So, thank you, all you Street Lit authors, for allowing me to sit at the same table. It’s a privilege I hope to earn and live up to as we keep rolling on. Ya’ll rock!
In a conversation with a book donor recently, I called Street Lit a “one man show.” That’s really kind of stupid of me to say. Sure, I may be the one accountable should we run out of coffee, or if the bookshelf at the ARCH is bare, but when it comes down to it, I can’t even keep track of all the help I’ve had. So many folks have been so generous with their time, their donations of books and funds, their moral support and their experience. The list has gotten out of hand… I’m sure I’ve forgotten folks who deserve a giant hug or a Street Lit fist bump, and I apologize if I missed you, but here’s a quick shot at a thank you note, in slightly sloppy alphabetical order:
Before anyone else, thank, thank, thank you to all the amazing Street Lit Authors!
ACC’s Arts & Humanities Dept.
ACC’s Creative Writing Dept.
Bekah Anne Preissinger
The Challenger Street Newspaper
Daklavyn Markrot (that’s Ian Marcotte’s secret identity, btw.)
Deb Olin Unferth
Everyone (100s of you!) who have helped out on our Crowdrise fundraiser.
Front Steps (especially all the staff who help out every Saturday!)
Gretchen Harries Graham
Half Price Books
Jackie Dana (BrainstormATX!)
Joan Gruska Kobayashi
LaVonne Roberts & Alessandra
Mary Frances Rincon
Moses (For our 2 commandments: “Be Cool. Don’t be an Asshole.”)
Nick du Mortier
Poets & Writers
Terry Foundation (and all the Terry Scholars!)
The Alleywriters gang
Tony Cartlidge & KD, too!
UT’s English Dept.
W. Joe Hoppe