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#FridayReads: No Kidding: Women Writers On Bypassing Parenthood

#FridayReads: No Kidding: Women Writers On Bypassing Parenthood

Every Friday I share a book I’ve been reading. Please share your own #FridayReads in the comments! I do not want to have children. I have never wanted to have children. I will not apologize because I know what I want, no matter how many times people tell me ridiculous things that are none of...

Nature blog: The birds of ‘heaven’s hillside’

Nature blog: The birds of ‘heaven’s hillside’

A version of this entry was originally posted at Nature Writing  on January 29, 2012. During my nature writing class at Chatham University’s MFA program, I had to keep a weekly nature blog. Each of us picked a place and spent thirty minutes in that place each week, and then wrote a blog post about...

10 reasons I didn’t submit to your literary magazine

10 reasons I didn’t submit to your literary magazine

Writers often feel desperate for publication. We feel like we NEED to be published, and we’ll settle for any magazine, for any contest, as long as our work is being validated by someone other than our moms. (Okay, okay, I’ll admit it: When I say “we,” I really mean “I.”) But we have to remember,...

You’re never through with some things

You’re never through with some things

“You think you’re through with some things,” says the main character in Jess Walter’s short story “Anything Helps.” The character, Bit, is referring to his return to begging for money with a cardboard sign on the side of the road. The story makes me cry every time I read it. But I’m not talking about...

Good, bad, what if?

Good, bad, what if?

I am always asking, “What if?” What if I turn this story in a series of flash pieces? What if I apply to this job at a different library? What if I write an essay about every library I’ve used? What if I put my hair into dreadlocks? What if I just dye it purple?...