Delight and Surprise


Delight & Surprise is a collection of place-based essays that span the globe, from the Susquehanna River to the Wasatch Mountains, from Dandong in North Korea to the Swiss Alps, from the Amazon River to the Mississippi Delta, and from the suburbs of Little Rock, Arkansas, to an outhouse in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Delight & Surprise is a collaboration between undergraduate creative writing students at Hendrix College and graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. An extension of UAF Professor Daryl Farmer’s residency at Hendrix in October 2016, as coordinated by Hendrix Professor Tyrone Jaeger, the idea was that students would write brief place-based essays. The participating students were asked to write about a small moment where they discovered something about the place they live or had once lived, a moment where they were surprised or delighted or both.

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