Well, Hello There

Would ya look at that?  It’s been a month.  The MFA summer residency was here and then gone, those two weeks that last two months and then feel like just days once it’s over.  I think it might have been the smoothest residency we’ve run since 2007, which is saying something, since I was also … More Well, Hello There

Next Big Thing

I’ve been tagged by my dear friend Marilyn Bousquin in the Next Big Thing, a blog chain letter of sorts to talk about what’s happening in your writerly life and then to tag five other women writers to hear their stories.  I met Marilyn a few years ago through the Ashland University MFA Program.  She runs … More Next Big Thing

Book Ten: The Memory Palace

Dad and Lydia sledding Christmas break almost always involves a marathon reading of at least one book, a can’t-put-it-down, block-out-the-family, full on obsessive read.  I started and finished The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok in about 36 hours with breaks for skating, sledding, eating, and sleeping. The Memory Palace is a beautifully composed memoir about the relationship … More Book Ten: The Memory Palace

Advent Day Two: Read a Christmas Book

Each year, opening the Christmas boxes releases magic in our house. The homemade ornaments, treasured angels and globes, snowmen mugs and dishes, candles, Christmas lights, stocking hangers, wreath, and so on cause eruptions of “Oh! Look at this!” from the kids, and honestly, from me, too.  I find myself picking up ornaments and carrying them … More Advent Day Two: Read a Christmas Book

The Hunger Games

Why is it that books about vampires, werewolves, and children killing children are so stinkin’ popular these days? Most of the time I am a nonfiction/poetry snob, I admit it, mostly because my job requires it.  Occasionally, I miss reading for fun, though, and I have several friends who eat up fiction, both YA and … More The Hunger Games

Book 6, 2012: Beautiful and Pointless by David Orr

I just finished Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry by David Orr, and now I am sad.  It isn’t often that I come across a person who cares so much about poetry but is equally as honest about the state of contemporary poetry, and that willingness to illuminate the reality of modern poetry and … More Book 6, 2012: Beautiful and Pointless by David Orr