It’s never easy to say goodbye to a valued employee so in early June, when I heard an ominous knock at my office door and looked up to see both Corey Campbell and Daniel Sanchez standing there, my first instinct was to run screaming from the room. Despite the allure of the two oversized chocolate bars they carried with them to help soften the blow, I was deeply saddened to hear that these two staff members and friends were leaving the Writers’ Program and moving to New Orleans in search of fame, fortune, and affordable rent.
Corey Campbell, Program Representative for Creative Writing (Online) and Events, started working for the Writers’ Program in 2004 and since then, has been admired by her peers for her knowledge of all things literary, her strong work ethic, and her ability to juggle the two components of her job with grace and precision. Her compassion, sensitivity, and willingness to lend a hand wherever needed have made her a Writers’ Program stand out. Corey is an exceptional writer, having contributed many excellent articles to the website, and creating the first-ever Writers’ Program Blog where she gathered more than 600 readers since its inception in 2007. Corey has completed more than 20 Writers’ Program courses, and two years ago she was accepted into a low residency MFA Program at prestigious Warren Wilson College.
For those of you who don’t already know, Daniel Sanchez is “the man” that Corey frequently referred to in the pages of the Blog. Corey and Daniel met at the Writers’ Program when Daniel joined the staff in 2007 as the Program Assistant for Creative Writing (Onsite). Not long afterwards, the two discovered a mutual penchant for traveling, taco trucks, karaoke, used book stores, and bad sci fi movies, and they’ve been a happy couple ever since.
Daniel will be remembered at the Writers’ Program for his charming self-deprecation and for his clever and cryptic Twitter posts as WriterDaniel. His 1,100 followers were fond of hearing about the books he read, the movies he saw, and the deadlines he wasn’t always confident he’d meet for his own low-residency MFA Program at Warren Wilson. Over the past three years, Daniel honed his writing in almost a dozen Writers’ Program courses. He advised students and filled instructors’ needs capably, and I’m personally grateful for the innumerable hours he spent helping me keep the Writers’ Program web and Facebook pages up-to-date and properly formatted.
As Linda Venis, Director of the Department of the Arts and Program Director of the Writers’ Program, is fond of saying, “When one door closes, another one opens.” I know that many doors will open up for both Corey and Daniel in the days to come and all of us at the Writers’ Program wish them the very best of luck in whatever their futures hold.
The upside to all of this, of course, is that once the door closes on Corey and Daniel, it will open up on two new employees whom we will be delighted to welcome into the fold. We’ll tell you all about them and about the rest of the fabulous Writers’ Program staff in an upcoming article, so be sure to stay tuned.
Cindy Lieberman is the manager of the Writers’ Program.