Friday, June 21, 2013

Working Writers Series Interview Up at The Missouri Review Blog

As the title implies, I am at The Missouri Review Blog as part of the Working Writers Series. I had so much fun doing this! The interview covers everything from dreams, poetry, motherhood, how all of these things influence my writing and my involvement with quite a few magazines/literary journals.

One of the questions was if I could recommend any poetry collections. Of course! Here is a sample-perhaps these will be added to your reading list?

Just one collection of good poems? Impossible. I have to say anything Kevin Young, but the last three are really great:Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011); Dear Darkness: Poems (2008); For the Confederate Dead (2007). Also, A.E. Stallings- amazing word structure. I think she may have only two collections, but her individual poems are everywhere. Late Wife by Claudia Emerson.  Layers and layers of emotion here and so precise. I just recently read David Wojahn’s Spirit Cabinet. He read at the last Vermont College of Fine Arts writing residency in January. Two of the poems he read, “Decoy Birds” and “Study Skins,” are in the current issue of The Southern Review (Spring 2013). The other poem he read at the residency was one addressed directly to the Vice-President of the NRA, incorporating the Sandy Hook shooting and Dante’s Inferno into it.  That reading was so amazing. There was a collective, audible “Mmmm-hmmm” when he finished  It just felt like socially conscious, yet personal writing.  

If you want to participate, here are the guidelines:

Welcome back to our many-part series where we chat with Working Writers who have not had success in the traditional sense. No major awards, no books in print, maybe only a few or no publications, but are still writing. Our goal is to give voice to a wide range of writers, to learn from their experiences, and to open a discussion about living the craft. If you fit the description and want to be involved, please send an email to us at 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

After Page One (Working Through Health Issues With Writing) at Literary Mama

Literary Mama is doing a series on their blog called "After Page One."

From the site:

"Join our After Page One series.  We’re looking for 300 to 500-word guest posts that motivate, inspire, and encourage other mama-writers, and we’d love to feature YOUR thoughts about getting started, getting back to a writing project, integrating writing with motherhood, reading, or having a positive attitude." 

I have had quite a bit of health issues throughout my life and I talk about it in this post, After Page One: Strength: Working Through Health Issues With Writing.

"Writing in every form is absolutely essential to me. If I don’t write, I don’t have a voice. It’s a necessary outlet, one that enables me to deal with everything in life whether it is illness, pregnancy, children, motherhood, relationships and whatever else comes my way. If I didn't have writing as a way to deal with all of this, I’m not sure how I would have." 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"A One and Only Is Enough For Me" is up at The Broad Side

This is something that has been on my mind for a long time. There is a lot of backlash in this society concerning family, lack thereof, and choices people make. Here, I talk about not feeling guilty in having an only child and why I chose to do so.

Thanks to The Broad Side for publishing it!

From the article:

"When people see I have only one child, I get the inevitable questions: “When’s the next one coming along?”, “Don’t you want your daughter to have a brother or sister?”, “Don’t you want another?” And then the funny, quizzical looks when I reply, “One is enough for me,” or the more direct “No, I don’t want anymore.” I enjoyed being pregnant with my daughter and I love being her mother. I’d just rather not do it again.
Society expects a woman to have more than a few children, to build a family. If there are no children, or just one, there is the assumption that “something is wrong.” Women don’t need that kind of judgment. Does not wanting children make me or others less of a woman? No. There is nothing wrong with making the choice not to have any (or more) children. I made the decision not to have any more and I don’t regret it."