Writing as an Act of Presence: “Sheer Off” into Narrative This Season

Menorahs in windows. Lights on trees. Kinaras on table tops. Pilgrimages. Winter solstice. Family. Friends. Gifts. Giving. Presents.   The list of traditions we enjoy this time of year is long, varied, and lovely. No matter which holiday(s) we celebrate, at the heart of our traditions is an invitation to slow down and notice who […]

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On Patience: Writing, Radiation, and Roses

This past March, while at AWP’s annual writing conference, I received confirmation that the tumor removed from my left breast two weeks prior was in fact cancerous. The cells were early stage and noninvasive, but the surgery had not yielded a clean margin. A month ago I had a second surgery to excise the residual […]

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