I’m thrilled to thank the Faulkner Society for all their efforts on behalf of writers everywhere. Every year they labor to read, review, and celebrate hundreds (if not thousands) of new works, tirelessly championing writers both established and emerging. How humbling it is, then, to receive their encouragement as a finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition in not one but two categories, novel-in-progress and collection of poetry, especially alongside so many others whose talents leave me in awe. It’s moments like this that send us straight back to the desk to finish what we’ve started. So thank you, Rosemary James & Joe DeSalvo, and congratulations to all the winners!