I’m just back from Sirenland, and a very special week of teaching. Ron Carlson, Jim Shepard, Hannah Tinti, visiting writer Nam Le, my wonderful husband, and thirty writers (and another twenty spouses, partners and children) who came from all over the United States to join us in the endeavor of thinking/eating/breathing the creative process. It always amazes me that writers–prickly creatures that we often are–can come together in the near-sacred process of trying to make one another’s work sing. To my students from Sirenland 2010, thank you for your generosity of spirit. Arrivederci!