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Mr. Dietrich was clearly of sterling quality, and his unassuming brilliance was the perfect complement to our Whidbey family. All the visiting faculty were similarly stellar. Among them: Poet Julie Larios, whose sense of playfulness inspired me to introduce her evening reading in Is-Latin; poet/publisher Kate Gale, who gave our graduating class a three-day life-coaching session and reality check on publishing like no other; and author/playwright Marc Acito, whose genius electrified our graduation ceremony and afternoon sessions.
There's no doubt that we were blessed with the generosity of artists at the top of their game, but there was something more, something indefinable, that made it all so very Whidbey. It has to do with the character of the program, forged and shaped by Wayne Ude and a dedicated board of directors and faculty who worked hard to build a fully accredited, one of a kind, free-standing literary arts MFA program that will always remain in humble service to writing and writers.
I have a feeling Whidbey won't be flying under the radar much longer, but something tells me it will never suffer from blandification.
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