Welcome ..... you probably clicked your way here because you've read my books, or you’ve found my work in magazines and anthologies, on paper and online. Maybe you know about my motherhood research. Maybe you've heard I'm a member of Chicago’s pre-Roe underground abortion service, often called JANE. Perhaps you’re looking for my book about Grace Paley and other writing. In any case, you can read a poem, essay or story right now, or listen to me read at SoundCloud or Oregon Poetic Voices, or watch a video of me reading at the Pond House. I hope you’ll check out my KBOO Community Radio show - Poetry and Everything.
Poetry and Everything’s April show is being pre-empted by KBOO’s 24-hours of Earth Day programming on April 22nd — and since I’m strongly in favor of thoughtful/serious attempts to save the earth, I’ve got no complaint about that! So: no show in April + the annual celebration of National Poetry Month will be in May (why not?), featuring readings of writing by poets from Sappho to Chrystos (and more! as marketing consultants would urge us to exclaim). The March guest was Harold Johnson, whose long-awaited book of president poems is now out; you can listen to the show online anytime from anywhere.
Many Happy Returns! I’m happy to tell you that two of my books recently came out in new editions; both were sparked by determination to be of use in dealing with our national horrorshow. You can order both directly from the publisher.
First, there’s a new edition of Grace Paley's Life Stories. This biography, now published by Portland’s Eberhardt Press (with a new design, new cover, new preface, many text edits), maintains its focus on Grace's fiction and activism, and the relationship between them. Grace isn't here anymore, but her life is a model for us right now, in the streets and on the page. The launch of the new edition was on her birthday — at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop in Portland, Oregon, December 11, 2018.
And, 4th Period English came back in the spring of 2018. It’s a collection of poems written in the voices of high school students talking (and, of course, arguing) about immigration. The first edition sold out a while back; now Eberhardt Press has brought out a new edition, and we're thinking about the collection's obvious value as performance; everybody who’s using the book can get the teaching/performance notes free (check out the book page on this site, get the book direct from the publisher, online).
And now for something completely different: Check out this panel at SXSW 2018 in Austin, Texas - talking about reproductive justice and abortion access in seriously practical terms. You can listen to us (moderator Imani Gandy + panelists Candice Russell, Susan Yanow, and me) at this link: The Handmaid's Tale IRL: What if Roe Were to Go?.
Listen to an interview at THE ABORTION DIARY podcast - Melissa Madera’s valuable collection of first-person stories. We talked for a long time about many things (Chicago's underground abortion service, my own abortion, lots more) and she did a great editing job.
Listen to a story at BEAR WITNESS, the show produced by Erin Yanke and Moe Bowstern at Portland’s Jack London Bar. That event was the first time I included my cancer experience in my art, and I'm happy to say it went well. Here's an audio clip, hosted by Portland’s KBOO Community Radio; it includes Moe’s brief intro and her usefully thoughtful words at the end.
For info about + links to my recently published and forthcoming work in journals and zines, online and on paper, check out Selected Works.
And, as the song says, you must remember this ........ Shop at your local, independent bookstores; support the reading and writing community you love. In Portland, Oregon, amazingly/luckily, there are several good ones!