Welcome ..... you probably clicked your way here because you've read my books, or you’ve been reading 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. You can even hear episodes of my KBOO Community Radio show - Poetry and Everything.
Many Happy Returns! 4th Period English is back! This chapbook, a collection of poems written in the voices of characters - most of them high school students - talking (and arguing) about immigration, was designed/created by Susan and Mac at Ash Creek Press, with cover art by David Shratter. Portland publisher Charles Overbeck has just brought out a new edition to be of use in this awful time, and we're thinking about the collection's obvious value as performance. Order it directly from Eberhardt Press. For a free copy of the teaching/performance notes to accompany 4th Period English, contact Judith (scroll down to bottom of this page).
AND! Coming soon - also from Eberhardt, also to help us deal with the national horrorshow - is a new edition of Grace Paley's Life Stories. Though refreshed in various ways (new design, new cover, new preface, some editing), the book 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 all, in the streets and on the page.
And now for something completely different: I was part of a panel at SXSW 2018 in Austin, Texas - we talked 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?.
In the fall of 2018 -- Eberhardt Press and I may have a good book scene on December 11th in Portland — more about that later; right now the next gig is on November 3rd, when I’ll be one of the Women Writers Against Trump reading at Ford Food & Drink in Portland at 7pm. The other writers in this season’s edition of the Tobey Sisters’ cool idea are Tammy Lynne Stoner, Genevieve Hudson, and Kristin Berger.
Poetry and Everything’s November show features Tim Whitsel; he'll be reading his work and talking with me on KBOO Community Radio, Monday, November 26th at 10:00pm --- and, after that, you can listen to the show online anytime from anywhere. If you missed Alicia Jo Rabins in October, you can find her there.
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 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!