Kelly Q. Anderson

Virginia is For Lovers: Fellowship at The Porches

I’m happy to share some snapshots from my week as a Fellow at The Porches in Norwood, VA. A few fun facts: the residence was built in the 1850s (it has a tiny Harry Potter-like bathroom under the stairs; added later on since the original home had no indoor plumbing). The porch was perfection for sunrises, stretching, Kombucha drinking, storm-watching, poetry reading, headstands, and writer’s block. I sent my book of micro memoir (Flash CNF) to beta testers and finished the book proposal draft. I read a lot of Billy Collins, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Holly Whitaker. I visited rivers, chatted with cattle near the country roads, and put my face in the sun.

Many thanks to Nancy Ludmerer for believing in my work and funding this Fellowship, and to Trudy Hale for being there to host and hug with great affection.

P.S. Trudy’s story of becoming the creative proprietor of The Porches is remarkable. Read more on that here.

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