I wrote Voice First: A Writer's Manifesto after writing in the voices of Pain Woman and other nonfiction personas prompted me to think in a new way about "voice." Rather than thinking of voice as singular, I frame it in this short, accessible writing guide as a multiplicity, influenced by many writers and thinkers I … Continue reading Voice First: A Writer’s Manifesto
Hi there, and welcome. I know, I also miss the room where the magic happens, the way it used to be with our casual laughter and joy. My students are either disembodied glowing heads or black squares, or bodies with a pair of eyes. I miss your three dimensionality. I miss your laughter. I miss … Continue reading Pandemic Shadow Syllabus
Hello all! I'm very excited to launch Supremely Tiny Acts: A Memoir of a Day, which arrives in October 2021 from Mad Creek Books at the Ohio State University Press and is now available to pre-order! You can learn more about the book, including stream-of-consciousness writing and inspirations for this book, here. While I will … Continue reading Supremely Tiny Acts Events
American Lives Series, University of Nebraska Press, March 1, 2017Paperback, 204 p., ISBN: 0803299915Available from University of Nebraska Pressand other outlets including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's Books, and Target; More praise about the book here...
A 2021 IndieNEXT Finalist in the "Memoir/Autobiography" Category! Buy the Book ISBN: 978-0-8142-5804-0, $19.95 PaperbackOhio State University/Mad Creek Books (pre-order, expected release date October 2021) About the Book This is an attempt to write a book-length essay about a single day, from start to finish. Inside the container of the day in which I go … Continue reading Supremely Tiny Acts: A Memoir of a Day
Healthcare and other workers are in desperate need of N95 masks, which offer the best protection from COVID-19. The fundraiser Masks 4 America has found a source for N95 masks that cost $2 each. A large group of reputable activists has sourced these and is sending them directly to where they are needed most. And … Continue reading Buy a Mask, Get an Edit!
It might seem like a coincidence: two books released in the same season with "pretty" in the title by disability activists. But the reasons are far more than skin deep. Both authors were told how attractive they were, with the implication or outright statement added that this beauty was wasted on a disabled person. Both … Continue reading Pretty Amazing: Two Disabled Activist Memoirs
Because her husband had the health insurance and her child had a serious medical condition and she knew in her gut he was mean enough to cut them both off the health plan if she tried anything. Because daycare is so expensive, and she couldn't afford to leave and wait for a two-year court case … Continue reading Why Didn’t She Leave?
Sitting on my cushion to meditate, I sometimes feel like I’m burrowing inside an essay. And at the keyboard, I take out a few Buddhist tools to chip away at whatever subject I’m pursuing. One of my teachers, Elizabeth Mattis Nyamgel, has a book called The Heart of an Open Question, which was really important … Continue reading The Essay as Buddhist Practice
Remember back in 2016 when we thought the year was so impossible because a bunch of rock stars died? Hahahaha. Ha. Ha. (I'm not trying to downplay those losses, but the losses since then have been... Ugh. Yeah.) So you've lived through 2017 too, and it was stunningly rough. And now we are in for … Continue reading Recommitting to Action