You probably don’t know this, but my boyfriend is obsessed with the University of Michigan football program. It’s so bad that I would have to name my only daughter, should I ever choose to have one (and I don’t, so there’s that) Maisey Blue after their school colors. My dog was moments away from being named Victor because their fight song is “Hail to the Victors.” It’s bad. I mention this obsession because today is the U of M Spring Game and he wanted to be in Ann Arbor, Michigan to see it. The problem, because of course there is one, is that today is also my awards ceremony for “Blood and Rain.” It’s going to be cold in Ann Arbor. He should be thanking me.
Dr. Amina Gautier was this year’s guest judge for the writing awards. Her short fiction collection At Risk won the Flannery O’Connor award for short fiction so you can imagine how excited I am that she chose my story to win. She’ll be at IU-South Bend for a Q&A at 4 pm in 1001 Wiekamp Hall if anyone is local and would like to attend. It’s open to the public and it’s free. The awards ceremony itself will be at 7 pm in the same location. I will get my award for my story and Dr. Gautier will read from her award-winning collection as well. The Analecta, the journal my story appears in, will be released after the ceremony. Those are also free to the public, so if you want one, you should pop on by and grab one.