Thanks for the Memories
Sherwood Kiraly’s article about the creative writing program at Knox struck a huge chord with me. I was at Knox from 1970 to 1974. I was a theatre major, but I wanted to write. I took poetry writing from Sam Moon. I can still remember his delight when I told him I was “writing regularly every morning for 2-3 hours”—the discipline of the creative process was very important to him. I took a class from Robin Metz also—Fiction Writing maybe. I remember him asking me if I would edit Catch. Knox provided so many wonderful opportunities, and I had to turn down a few of them. Who knows, if I had been more involved with Catch, my life might have been very different. (Not that a 41-year career in insurance hasn’t been what a girl dreams of.)
Knox prepared me for the real world. I quickly realized that, whatever one wants to do in life, effectively expressing oneself in writing is a crucial skill. We are blessed with two sons and a daughter-in-law who all write beautifully. There was no creative writing major in 1974, but Jack Gallalee graduated from Knox with a music/ creative writing double major in 2010.
I will always consider my Knox years as the best years of my life. Thanks, Sherwood, for the trip down memory lane. And thanks, Knox, for the gorgeous memories.
—Linda Guastaferri Gallalee ’74