Local Artist Receives Wallace Stegner fellowship at Stanford
While not originally from Lafayette, J. Bruce Fuller, Ph.D. spent a total of eight years in the 337 area making a name for himself as a local writer. At an early age, he knew that he had a passion for writing stories about the things around him.
“If you want to write poems, write poems. If you want to make art, make art,” he said. “There’s no reason to worry about how it will be received, or how you’ll make money, or what people will think. The act itself is reward enough.”
After earning his Masters at McNeese and his doctorate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he accepted a position at UL where he taught English and contemporary poetry. He confessed that, before accepting the Wallace Stegner fellowship at Stanford University, Lafayette and UL had started to feel like home.
And what does Fuller miss most about Cajun Country? The FOOD, of course! Some of his favorite dining locations include Social in Lafayette and Seafood Palace in Lake Charles.
Currently, Fuller is touring to promote his new book, The Dissenter’s Ground, which features Louisiana-inspired pieces including this one:
The God of the Flood
still lives here.
You can see his practiced hand
among the dead cypress stobs
that dot the living water.
My father explained to me
how water overcomes land,
how one turn of the river
can make a field or forest
into a museum of skeleton trees,
but when I asked why
he said nothing.
Around here, we don’t pray for rain.
from The Dissenter’s Ground, Hyacinth Girl Press, 2017
Visit www.jbrucefuller.com for more information.