Getting ready to go to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is stressful, even though the place itself is a paradise for writers. I've been there maybe 20 times, and each time it is hard to leave home for the writer's life, then hard to leave VCCA for secular time and teaching. That time at the center is privileged time, sacred time, but it is also the test of my abilities. The place lends itself to writing--so many fine artists have created there. But each time one has to recreate the world in words, recreate a focused and yet open/transparent self. Mostly it has worked over the last 30 years, and I have built a home in language. But there's always the malaise, the almost-terror of re-entering the intensity of the creative domain.
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.