Last night I had a good long talk with a dear friend over a glass of wine and Google Hangouts. I am still savoring the warm feeling of connection, and gratitude for our friendship. Among other things, we talked about the rollercoaster of emotion we are all riding, and grappling with the challenge of feeling … Continue reading Silver Linings and Giant Dark Clouds
Oh, hi. It's me again. Surfacing after months of quiet here on the blog to say, I made a book, and now it's a real and beautiful object in the world, and I'm thrilled. Rupture, Light is a chapbook just published by Finishing Line Press. It's a collection touching on themes of loss, faith, and … Continue reading First Book, First Reading
I'm delighted to share my essay "Through," published this month on Coffee + Crumbs. This essay is about how becoming a parent transformed my relationships-- to my husband and to my creative work. Coffee + Crumbs has been a lifeline in these early years of parenting. I've looked forward to each new essay appearing on this collaborative … Continue reading On Creativity, Marriage, and Parenting on Coffee + Crumbs
Here's a short essay on how I write poems, a contribution to the "25th Hour" column at Mothers Always Write, on process and mothering. As mothers who write, we often stretch and steal and bend time in order to make new work. The writers in this column compose poems in their minds as they rock babies, prepare … Continue reading Writing in the Margins
Read my essay from November about childhood growth charts. In it, I reflect on what it means to measure your child's growth, and your own personal growth as a parent. I'm catching up here on the site after a bit of a post-election hiatus from social media and the digital world in general. I wanted to be sure to … Continue reading An Essay on Growth Charts at Mothers Always Write
I forgot to post that I have an article up at Hip Mama! In September, I participated in the Literary Kitchen Personal Essay Intensive, and wrote the rough drafts of five new essays in under two weeks. This is one of them. (This was an incredible workshop I highly recommend for both new and experienced writers! … Continue reading On Anxiety, Prayer, and Mothering at Hip Mama
For me, reviving my writing practice has meant tuning into what works today, and taking one step at a time. It has meant being fierce—I will find time to write today because it’s important. And flexible—I will accept the amount and quality of time I have today, even if it’s five minutes, and trust that both will grow and deepen with time.