by Cameron Moreno, Creative Writing MFA Student
Header image via Van Meter Hall at WKU
On Tuesday, September 27th, bestselling author Anne Lamott came to WKU to kick off the 2016-2017 WKU Cultural Enhancement Series. During her lecture, she discussed her writing process and the inspiration for her works, including her most famous book, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
Before the event, faculty, staff, and MFA students were granted access to a celebration in preparation for Lamott’s arrival.
Dr. David Bell, Creating Writing Program Director, and Dr. Rob Hale, English Department Head at the reception
MFA students at the reception. From left to right: Elizabeth Upshur, Cameron Moreno, Erin Slaughter, Will Hollis, Allison Adams, Zane DeZeeuw, Clinton Craig
The content of Lamott’s presentation reflected much of the content of her work, including her family as well as her experiences with alcohol addiction and faith.
MFA student Leigh Cheak said of the event, “Anne Lamott is inspirational and amazing. She is incredibly genuine. Her advice was about writing, yes, and also life. She says live it. Be ugly. Be beautiful. At one point, she said, ‘Life, if you’re lucky, is going to break your closed system.’ I believe she meant that life is challenging and to have a routine doesn’t allow you to reach your potential. She makes me hopeful, and also proud of the beautiful mess I am.”
Lamott at the WKU Cultural Enhancement Series on Tuesday, September 27th
Photograph by Jeff Smith via WKU Cultural Enhancement Series
As a special treat, Lamott read an excerpt from her new book Hallelujah Anyway, due out next year. After her lecture, Lamott signed copies of her books, giving her fans an opportunity to meet her and give her thanks for her work.
Anne Lamott’s Hallelujah Anyway will be available April 4, 2017 on Riverhead Books.
Thanks to Cameron Moreno for contributing this post, and don’t miss the remainder of the Cultural Enhancement Series for the 2016-17 season:
Joel Sartore on November 7, 2016
Sarah Parcak on February 15, 2017
Black Violin on February 21, 2017
David Sedaris on April 22, 2017