It’s here! My short story, “Off the Curb,” has just been published in Crack The Spine’s 2014 spring anthology.
So go ahead, “Crack the Spine. Bend a fresh book until your hands meet beneath its stressed strings. Feel the weight of words snap free. This anthology includes the best poetry and prose from Crack the Spine Literary Magazine’s weekly publications.” (Kerri Farrell Foley, Editor)
There is something delicious about poring through the pages of a brand new literary magazine, never knowing what curiosities or obscure and startling vistas you might encounter. Or, in the case of “Off the Curb,” what chattering faces might appear the branches of your favorite tree…
To order your copy of Crack The Spine: Spring 2014, click here.
It’s here! About Place Journal, Volume II, Issue IV, A Civil Rights Retrospective, and with it my story, “Cambridge Friends.” I am so psyched to be part of this awesome collection.
In the words of the introduction, “this issue contains challenging, provocative, compelling, and prophetic contributions in essays, poetry, lyrics, song, short fiction, photography, art, and video that reflect on a particular or general aspect of the ongoing struggle for civil rights. How far have we come as a country, and how have we regressed?”
I look forward to exploring the rich array of voices assembled in this volume, and as Michael McDermott, Managing Editor, writes, “This issue will help to inspire and direct activities to forward the struggle for social justice…working for a better future by learning and honoring our past.”
A special thanks to Editor Richard Cambridge, whose vision for this issue has been profound. To borrow a phrase he borrowed from Martin Luther King, who adapted it from a sermon given by Theodore Parker in 1853, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Who would have thought that a suburban white chick could have anything of value to add to a conversation as critical as one about civil rights? The struggle for justice, however, belongs to us all. Click here to read “Cambridge Friends.” Peace.
My short story, “Cambridge Friends,” has been accepted by About Place Journal for their upcoming retrospective of the Civil Rights Movement! I can’t wait for the issue to come out, as it promises to be a crackerjack collection.
My story is fiction, but the setting is a very real place, Cambridge Friends School, in Cambridge, MA, in the early 1970’s, where I was incredibly fortunate to go to school until the 4th grade, when my family no longer qualified for financial aid. I credit much of who I am today to those crazy wonderful days in an experimental, “open structure” classroom at a time when the world was churning, and I didn’t think twice about rapping a Black Panther chant right alongside my friend, Anita, before we sat ourselves down on the rug for Quaker meeting (not to mention the fact that I was a white chick with a streak of wild and a crush on Anita’s afro).
The Black Earth Institute, the super-cool publisher of About Place Journal, is “a progressive think-tank dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society. Black Earth Institute encourages awareness of the arts as a means of promoting a progressive, inclusively spiritual and environmentally aware society. The organization gathers artists and audience members to further understanding of the historical role of the artist as bringing forth wisdom from beyond the self.”
Stay tuned for a link to the story and possible reading dates…
I am thrilled and honored to have been selected as a featured writer for Crack the Spine’s Wordsmith interview series! Editor Kerri Farrell Foley has done a super job with the interviews, asking pithy and entertaining questions that also offer insight into the creative process.
I invite my writer friends (which includes everyone, from those who have published full length books to those who have published posts on Facebook;-) to pick a question and answer it for themselves in the comment section at the end of the interview, which you can read here. Let’s keep the dialogue going!
"Snug beneath the pulse of living breath, in a protected and watery nest, I grew and learned to suck my thumb. Like other gardens I would come to know, though, this secret place was filled with strife..."
The arrival of my short story, “The Messenger,” is imminent! Galleys have been approved and are at the printer, and Kestrel 29 should be off the press by January 10th.
Kestrel, which comes out of Fairmont, West Virginia, takes its name from the family of small falcons found throughout the world; the word ‘kestrel’ derives from the sound of the falcon’s distinctive cry. The journal has published work from the U.S., Canada, Ireland, France, Haiti, etc.
Also coming soon, news of Kestrel’s Spring Celebration, at which I will be reading, as well as a link with information about how to purchase copies of the journal (or anyone interested can always contact me directly).
"Archie had never had a girlfriend. Up until a certain point this had not seemed unreasonable. In high school he had been called a dweeb, and although he more or less accepted this stereotype of himself..."
"Reaching beneath the front desk in the lobby of The Palm, Marit retrieved her white patent-leather purse and rummaged around the interior for her lipstick, Cerise Rosee...."
"The leaves cascade down, weightless, golden slips of foil peeled from a child's chocolate coin. Henry can't remember ever having eaten one of these coins, and yet he knows somehow that they would be waxy and tasteless..."