Lasting Legacies: The Women of Little Traverse Bay

Today was the third day of my participation in the National Writing Project with the Top-of-the-Mitt Summer Institute in Petoskey. This evening, we were fortunate enough to have Jane Garver from the Little Traverse Bay Historical Society close down the museum and give our writing group a tour. There is a wonderful exhibit at the museum right now called “Lasting Legacies: The Women of Little Traverse Bay,” which highlights the roles of women in the history of this area. Some of the women featured in the exhibit–such as Margaret Blackbird Boyd and Ella Petoskey–are well-known locally. Others were art teachers, nurses, activists, and hard-working women who played a role in …

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New Essay in Southern Humanities Review

I was excited to receive my contributor’s copies of Southern Humanities Review, today, featuring “The Birds,” first in a series of essays I’m working on about my parents’ and brother’s deaths–this one focusing on my father–and one of the most generous personal notes I’ve ever received from an editor. It is a very good feeling, that I’ve done well honoring my dad’s memory. I can’t say enough nice things about Southern Humanities Review, and their managing editor and nonfiction editor, Aaron Alford, who does excellent work. You can purchase the issue here. Also featured is poetry by Natalie Diaz, Staci R. Schoenfield, and more! …

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The Alchemy of Teaching Writing

It’s been a whirlwind semester, so far. In addition to reading and editing fiction submissions for Border Crossing with two wonderful interns, I’ve been teaching two courses for the first time: a course on Responding to Writing for future teachers, and an intermediate creative writing course for majors and minors that is specifically designed to help students take risks in their writing, to encourage them to experiment in order to help them discover their voices. Teaching the combination of these two courses for the first time together has brought some interesting insights. Much of the theory we’ve been reading for the writing response course discusses the importance of encouraging students …

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The Gossamer Pleasures of Faerie Magazine

Last summer, I started editing poetry for Faerie Magazine, the lush quarterly edited by Carolyn Turgeon, which was just profiled in the Style section of the New York Times. If you haven’t heard about Faerie yet, you should check out this article, which examines the magazine’s “gossamer pleasures” and calls it “wonderfully curious and deeply weird.” I have to say, it’s been a delight to read all of the poetry submissions we’ve received these past few months, and to connect with other fabulist, fairy tale, and science poets. This autumn, we were excited to feature two gorgeous fairy tale poems by Sally Rosen Kindred. The winter issue, out soon, will feature two seasonal science …

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