Just to give a little background: the CSU NY Arts Immersion Program has been going strong since 2005, and over 100 students have attended throughout the years. Former Carson McCullers Center director Cathy Fussell established the program in order to let students follow in the footsteps of the famed Columbus author, Carson McCullers (1917-1967). When she was just 17, McCullers left her Columbus home (pictured here and now the Center) to study creative writing in New York City. By 1940, after the publication of her first novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, McCullers had made New York her permanent home, and by 1944, she was living in the community of Nyack just outside the city. Through her many interactions with other writers, artists, and the locals, McCullers found inspiration and the creative community she was seeking in New York. She went on to write several novels, plays, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction pieces. Here’s hoping you have similar experiences on your journey!