blog post about Thomas Merton, if you haven't already. Truly a sacred spot for me, and many others. I always get a boost out of visiting this marker while in Louisville. I think it's important for us as writers to have places to go like this. In England and Ireland literary spots abound because so much attention is paid to the rich literary history of those countries but often in America that gets overlooked. When you can, seek out places that should be important to us as writers. I've been lucky to be in many places that were integral to the lives of writers like Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Margaret Mitchell, Lee Smith, Willa Cather, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Thomas Hardy, DH Lawrence, Denise Giardina, Alex Haley, Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker, and others. I am determined to one day visit the birth-town of Willa Cather and the grave of Zora Neale Hurston.