“Coming Home to a Place He’d Never Been”: Daniel Bowman Jr.

Daniel Bowman Jr. graduated from the SPU MFA program in 2011 with a concentration in poetry. His first book, A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country, will be released in the spring of 2012. Originally from upstate New York, Bowman lives in Hartford City, Indiana, and is Assistant Professor of English at Taylor University.

He had this to say about the program:

“In ‘Rocky Mountain High,’ John Denver describes first seeing the mountains of Colorado as ‘coming home to a place he’d never been before.’ My experience in the SPU MFA program was like that. After meeting Greg Wolfe and some of the students at the program’s reception at Calvin College’s Festival of Faith and Writing, I knew that I had found my MFA program. And when I arrived on Whidbey Island for the first time, it was like coming to my true home.

During my two years, I learned more about art, craft, and faith than I thought possible, and made friends with incredible students and faculty. These are people I deeply admire and whose work and friendship remain critical to my life and writing. I always felt guilty when I filled out residency evaluations, because I could never—even after five residencies—see anything I thought was in need of improvement! The program simply worked perfectly for me.”