Andrew Gray, our fearless leader over at the Optional Residency Creative Writing MFA at UBC, just sent out the heads-up about this year’s residency in Vancouver in July. This is the first time in four years that I won’t be writing back immediately to book a spot. I feel quite bereft. I mean, it’s a good thing because (presumably) I’m graduating in May and have no more courses to take, but still…! It’s the end of an era and it feels like one.