[percy-l] Greetings

RHONDA MCDONNELL rhonda_mcdonnell at msn.com
Sat Apr 25 18:36:34 EDT 2020

Hi Will, and welcome!! We’re often quiet, so don’t be alarmed, but then folks will suddenly break into chatter about something or other.

Although coronavirus has everyone stuck at home this year, the Walker Percy weekend is a good time, I hear. I’d hoped to go this year, but now it’s delayed for a year. So we’ll see what next year brings.

The South Atlantic MLA conference typically has at least one Percy session, but often two or three, so that’s another fun gathering for Percy folks.

I was originally from Arizona but now live in Virginia. I teach community college English, although I did do Percy research for my PhD. In fact, I helped edit his posthumous Symbol and Existence which was released earlier this year.

It’d be great if you could join us at SAMLA some year and perhaps offer your reading of Percy’s hurricanes and the time the play in his fiction.

As a final note, I also write fiction and I have found a very nurturing community at the Novel-in-Process bookcamp. It’s typically held in May right in your Wisconsin, and offers both classes and a writers retreat, depending on needs.  You might want to check it out! http://novelbookcamp.org/

Best to you,

Rhonda McDonnell

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On Apr 25, 2020, at 4:34 PM, WILLIAM E LEWIS via Percy-L <percy-l at lists.ibiblio.org> wrote:

Hi Folks,

I recently joined the Percy-L list, and Henry (Mills) suggested that I introduce myself to everyone. I'm originally from the South Carolina Lowcountry but have lived in Madison, Wisconsin for the better part of 20 years now -- first as student, then as researcher at the University (where I study and develop numerical models of hurricanes). I also write fiction and was drawn to Percy's work from my first encounter with it decades ago.

Thanks for having me as part of this group, and I look forward to talking with (and learning from) you all.



William E. Lewis, Ph.D.

Space Science and Engineering Center

University of Wisconsin-Madison

1225 West Dayton St

Madison WI 53706

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