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 some episodes of my KBOO Community Radio show - Poetry and Everything.
Coming Attractions: I just learned that my poem “Zombies on Skateboards” will be on the Multnomah County Art Center’s Poetry Post (in Oregon) this summer — all through the month of July. That’s a delight, a poetry cupcake.
Many Happy Returns! I’m happy to tell you that two of my books came back into print in 2018; both returns were sparked by the determination to be of use in dealing with our current 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. Joining me to celebrate Grace’s birthday with the return of this book were writers and activists Khanh Pham, Harold Johnson, Laura Moulton, Ben Parzybok, Gwyn Kirk, Charles Overbeck and Nikki Martin; we were all reading and talking, eating cake and drinking wine with the folks who came to the party — all of us thinking about Grace.
Next, as you may already know, 4th Period English came back in the spring of 2018. It’s a collection of poems written in the voices of characters talking (and, of course, arguing) about immigration. Eberhardt Press 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’s page on this site, and get your copies direct from the publisher, online).
In the fall of 2018, my last gig of the fall season was on November 3rd: I was delighted to be one of the Women Writers Against Trump reading at Ford Food & Drink in Portland. The other writers in that autumn edition of the Tobey Sisters’ cool series were Tammy Lynne Stoner, Genevieve Hudson, and Kristin Berger.
Poetry and Everything’s January show will feature Kristin Berger; not only will we both read work by William Stafford (January is his birthday month, which always sparks Stafford shows in Oregon), she’ll do a reading of her own poems and talk with me about poetry and everything. Listen on KBOO Community Radio, Monday, January 28th at 10:00pm --- after that, you can listen to the show online anytime from anywhere. If you missed David Ruteizer in December, you can find him there.
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?.
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!