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Yuba Lit Community Discussion on “The White Space”/”No Man’s Land”

Yuba Lit Community Discussion on “The White Space”/”No Man’s Land”

These past two months I have been parenting, writing, teaching, and following the tumult both nationally and in my town of residence, Nevada City, California. To address these times, the reading series I organize, Yuba Lit, moved online to host a community discussion. Below are my letters to the Yuba Lit community about the outcome

Pandemic Life
Pandemic Life

An essay about pandemic life, caring for chickens, the persistence of beauty, the end of the sun, with gratitude to Berfrois for publishing it: “Midnight Sun.” Here is the actual Beauty: At this time, I am home schooling a fifth grader, teaching an online writing class for Stanford Continuing Studies, and trying to hold both

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November 2019 Updates
November 2019 Updates

Like most of us, I’ve become so conditioned to flitting between the various social media outlets (except Instagram–sorry, I still cannot [do not want to?] figure out Instagram!) that I’ve neglected to share happenings here. It’s been a busy summer and fall. Some quick updates: –I’ve been doing various readings and discussions for The Risk

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Collected Conversations About The Risk of Us
Collected Conversations About The Risk of Us

In the three weeks since the publication of The Risk of Us, I’ve been fortunate to speak with many sensitive and incisive interviewers. We’ve had conversations about whether unconditional love is possible, and what it takes to get there as a family; about the foster care system and the inherent failings of institutional care for

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Language is man's metaphysical organ." --Bruno Schulz

Authenticity comes from a single faithfulness: that to the ambiguity of experience. Its energy is to be found in how one event leads to another. Its mystery is not in the words but on the page." --John Berger

Words are all we have, and they better be the right ones."  --Evan S. Connell

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