The Little Literati Summer Reading Challenge

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Get your readers ready! The Little Literati in my house are challenging The Little Literati in your house to some summer reading with a scavenger-hunt twist! Find and read ten books that fit the descriptions below, and keep track of your progress. When you complete the challenge, email your name, mailing address, and list of […]

June 13, 2014

For E.E. Cummings and Adrienne Rich


I found these gems lying dormant in a crowded folder marked “Poetry,” as every folder should be. I wrote them in an attempt to catch up from April 5 to April 11 just before giving up to charge head first at the two book manuscripts I’m working on–you know, because if you can’t pick your pony, you’d […]

May 27, 2014

Meeting Anna Banks

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            Thanks to our dear friend Autumn and the magic of social media, Daina and I learned that one of her all-time favorite authors, Anna Banks, was at Books-a-Million, ten short minutes away, signing books tonight. Anna Banks’ Of Poseidon series is one of Daina’s obsessions, so we had to scoot […]

May 12, 2014

April 4: Dorothy Parker


Dorothy Parker Fridays   I wear worry lines most days. They trace the edges of my eyes like war paint.  On days when motherhood will not be enough, I think of dark, short hair with waves as unpredictable as mountain roads. Twin backseat screams make short rides long, force me back to long-lost days of […]

April 4, 2014

April 3: Amy Riddell


Like a Butterfly for Amy Riddell With a mouthful of bean dip, I told you across the table covered in my sprawling prose pretending to be poetry, “How do you do it? You’re like a boxer. You keep your eyes open, your arms in— always a jab waiting in the wings. I don’t do that. […]

April 3, 2014

April 2: William Carlos Williams


The Good Doctor for William Carlos Williams “You now officially have more information about me than any other person on the planet,” I said, handing over five small-print pages where I checked family history boxes beside disorders and cancers, X-ing them hard, layering death-black ink like superstitions while tallying loves and losses, counting on confessions […]

April 2, 2014

April 1: Walt Whitman


To mark National Poetry Month, I will be penning and posting a poem a day to celebrate a poet I love. I admire regimens. I also admire forgiveness when I fail at them. Let’s be a team and give both a try! One of my deepest high school crushes was Walt Whitman. He was my […]

April 1, 2014