'I don't know much about creative writing programs. But they're not telling the truth if they don't teach, one, that writing is hard work, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.'
A mighty writer. Numinous. Frightening even in her visionary power. The Four Gated City. But gracious and generous to unknown writers. I still have a very kind letter from her back in 1998 about a book of micro-short stories I had co- written and illustrated with cartoons.