My name's Stefanie Botelho, and with this blog comes the program that hopefully changes my life. A recent graduate from Southern Connecticut (I just can't seem to get away from these state schools), I received my B.A. in English, and spent a year discovering just how little that meant to the working world. After several dead-ends, including an internship which may have been one of the most futile endeavors I've encountered in my short 23 years, I stumbled upon this program, and managed to squeak in at the last minute. I can't begin to explain how very excited I am to be back in a community of people that take writing as seriously as I do, and am so looking forward to the support that I am sure to find in this group. I find that being surrounded by talented writers fuels the healthy(!) competitive side in me, and forces me to stretch to my best.
In a world where television has destroyed the need to read, and the Internet has dissolved the need to think, I think that I finally found where I need to be: in this program, with this group of people. August can't come fast enough, and I can't wait to meet you all at the residency.