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Watsonville Vacation and The Dogs

In Watsonville, California house sitting among the redwoods for our friends who are in Maine. The house has a beautiful swimming pool and a hot tub. Yesterday , the sun was shining and I swam laps and then when I was chilly, got into the hot tub. It was luxurious—a true vacation. Jim read a Wendell Berry novel(great writing but not much happening) and I read a mystery by Cara Black, transported back to France where I lived  in 1969-70 during my junior year of college. I’ve never been back to…See More
Aug 10, 2011
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RETIRING FROM FULL-TIME TEACHING

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Apr 17, 2011
Louise Nayer posted a blog post

Sweet or Sour

Sweet or SourWalking down Bosworth Street to the BART(subway) two young children were turned around in the back seat of their parents’ car, waving wildly, trying to see who would wave back. "Sweet or Sour” was the game my children played and I played before them.Who will wave back? I smiled, a big, broad smile and waved at them as if they were my long lost cousins. For a minute they were taken aback, the car stopped at a stop sign, but then, even through the window glass I could see big smiles…See More
Dec 2, 2010
Vicki T. Lee commented on the blog post 'Story Telling'
"You know, I was adopted to a mother, father and sister who all had the same concept of sharing inner pain - they didn't. And of course that made me - someone who felt deeply and needed real, not just perceived, closesness - the odd man out. In…"
Sep 2, 2010
Louise Nayer posted a blog post

Story Telling

My parents were burned in an explosion when I was four—and I grew up during the silent fifties—the era of pop tarts, toaster ovens, Maytag washer/dryers and frozen dinners--when little was talked about since so many were coming home from war and America wanted to forget the pain. In a poem I wrote, I called America a “kiss it and make it better country—and the children wanted band aids on everything even the slightest scratch—band aids with stars and stripes.” We all wanted to cover our pain.…See More
Sep 2, 2010
Louise Nayer commented on the blog post 'Some tips for promoting book talks and signings'
"Great ideas. I need to sharpen some of my computer skills--but hopefully this won't be too hard. My memoir(Burned: A Memoir) was published in April--and I've been doing all kinds of things--but some of these are totally new to me. The…"
Jul 19, 2010
Louise Nayer replied to the discussion 'Would you quit teaching?' in the group TEACHER WRITERS
"I've been teaching for over thirty years--through Arts council grants(20 hrs. a week at senior centers)--workshops in my home and for many years four classes a semester at a community college. I still teach four classes a semester. While…"
May 28, 2010
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TEACHER WRITERS

A group for those of us who are writing lesson plans along with books, drowning in a sea of [ungraded papers], and teaching writing to students.
May 28, 2010
Louise Nayer commented on the blog post 'Help Wanted! Looking for She Writers to Organize Local Meetups to Help Us Celebrate: She Writes is Turning One!'
"I don't want to organize as I'll just be back from traveling but would love to meet up with any San Francisco or Bay Area She Writes women!"
May 28, 2010
Louise Nayer posted a blog post

Ceremonies with my community college students

CeremoniesI haven’t been blogging lately(what a great 21st century verb—blogging) because I’m in the throes of the last part of my semester as an English Professor at a community college—quite large classes and of course mounds of compositions to grade. I feel like a waitress in the rush time lately—every day marking, getting back papers—in-putting grades into the computer—keeping track of odds and ends—talking with students who had deaths, or illnesses and still are trying to stick it out—to…See More
May 20, 2010
Louise Nayer posted a blog post

Book Tour

Giving readings of Burned: A Memoir across the country: first at Bird and Beckett Bookstore, my local San Francisco Glen Park haunt—filled to the brim with friends, colleagues, students. In Conn. at R.J. Julia Bookstore, I was introduced by the director of an organization that deals with childhood trauma(Clifford Beers). The room was filled with friends of my step-daughter's—therapists—family—an old high school friend. In NYC at Borders Park Ave.—a big sign in the window with the picture of my…See More
May 3, 2010
Louise Nayer replied to the discussion 'How Many of You are Writing a Memoir?' in the group Baby Boomers
"Thanks so much--Wonderful to hear all the kind words of support from the Shewrites community!"
Apr 18, 2010
Louise Nayer replied to the discussion 'How Many of You are Writing a Memoir?' in the group Baby Boomers
"Thank you so much for the congratulations--and for looking at the cover and reviews. I'm excited beyond belief. I only wish my parents were here to see it--but then again I don't think I would have written the same book had they been…"
Apr 18, 2010
Louise Nayer replied to the discussion 'How Many of You are Writing a Memoir?' in the group Baby Boomers
"Thanks, Jenne! Louise"
Apr 18, 2010
Louise Nayer replied to the discussion 'How Many of You are Writing a Memoir?' in the group Baby Boomers
"My memoir(Burned: A Memoir) that's been in the making and creating for well over ten years--about a childhood tragedy-- is finally out and in bookstores. So exciting--sudden-to see it there--to hold it in my hands. I'm starting to do some…"
Apr 17, 2010
Louise Nayer commented on the blog post 'COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: 13 Days---Marketing Decisions'
"Hi Victoria, I enjoyed reading this as my book Burned: A Memoir has just come out. I teach full-time and I'm in the midst of grading mania--so how to decide how much marketing I can handle and to also do a little letting go and just hope people…"
Apr 17, 2010

Profile Information

Who I am:
http://louisernayer.com
louisenayer.blogspot.com
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Keeping Watch(poetry) with funding from the NEA
The Houses are Covered in Sound(poetry) Blue LIght Press
Co-authored with Virginia Lang, How to Bury a Goldfish: Ceremonies and Celebrations for Everyday Life(Rodale and later Skinner House)
Burned: A Memoir(forthcoming from Atlas and Co.)
My writing is:
Fiction, Memoir, Blog Posts
Services I offer to other writers:
Networking and chats about writing and promotion and writing about childhood trauma.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Yes, a small group
My professional associations:
English Professor, City College of San Francisco
Red Room for Writers
Poets and Writers

Louise Nayer's Blog

Watsonville Vacation and The Dogs

Posted on August 10, 2011 at 10:36am 0 Comments

In Watsonville, California house sitting among the redwoods for our friends who are in Maine. The house has a beautiful swimming pool and a hot tub. Yesterday , the sun was shining and I swam laps and then when I was chilly, got into the hot tub. It was luxurious—a true vacation. Jim read a Wendell Berry novel(great writing but not much happening) and I read a mystery by Cara Black, transported back to France where I lived  in 1969-70 during my junior year of college. I’ve never been back to…

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RETIRING FROM FULL-TIME TEACHING

Posted on April 17, 2011 at 7:22pm 0 Comments

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Sweet or Sour

Posted on December 2, 2010 at 9:55pm 0 Comments

Sweet or Sour





Walking down Bosworth Street to the BART(subway) two young children were turned around in the back seat of their parents’ car, waving wildly, trying to see who would wave back. "Sweet or Sour” was the game my children played and I played before them.

Who will wave back? I smiled, a big, broad smile and waved at them as if they were my long lost cousins. For a minute they were taken aback, the car stopped at a stop sign, but then, even through the window glass… Continue

Story Telling

Posted on September 2, 2010 at 2:25pm 1 Comment

My parents were burned in an explosion when I was four—and I grew up during the silent fifties—the era of pop tarts, toaster ovens, Maytag washer/dryers and frozen dinners--when little was talked about since so many were coming home from war and America wanted to forget the pain. In a poem I wrote, I called America a “kiss it and make it better country—and the children wanted band aids on everything even the slightest scratch—band aids with stars and stripes.” We all wanted to cover our pain.… Continue

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At 9:29pm on March 27, 2010, Julie Jeffs said…
Hi Louise,

Welcome to the Bloggers Let’s Make it Work group! So glad you are here. Please visit the discussion New Members Visit Here First, tell us about your blog so we can list it on the members blog index.

I hope you will find, as I did, a great sense of community, loads of information and resources, and an incredible amount of talent.

Jump in on ongoing discussions or start one if there is an issue you would like to discuss.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Look forward to reading your posts.

Warm regards,
Julie Jeffs
Beginning a Life at 50
http://juliejeffs.blogspot.com
At 5:36pm on March 4, 2010, Phoebe Wilcox said…
If you don't feel like reading a whole chapter online, you can always just watch me reading an excerpt from chapter three. The links to YouTube are near the top of my website.
At 7:51pm on February 20, 2010, Deirdre Sinnott said…
Ahh. After I gave my fiery speech Mr. Pinter smiled and winked at me. I was too thrilled.
At 12:36am on December 10, 2009, Hope Edelman said…
Thanks, Louise. Very happy to hear that Motherless Daughters was helpful to you. What's the title of your book?
Best,
Hope
At 8:26am on December 8, 2009, Bernice L. McFadden said…


10th Anniversary Edition
"Bernice L. McFadden's first novel begins with the brief, poetic description of a crime so startling that the reader is helplessly drawn in, as if a bright red door stood ajar on a bleak and forbidding house. Pearl Taylor's daughter, Jude, has been found murdered and mutilated near a field at the edge of town. "The murder had white man written all over it," writes McFadden. "But no one would say it above a whisper. It was 1940. It was Bigelow, Arkansas. It was a black child. Need any more be said?" In the years that follow, Pearl catches sight of Jude in so many strangers that when Sugar Lacey comes to town and sets up her unwholesome "business" in the house next door, she doesn't know whether to believe what she sees in Sugar's face: a striking similarity to Jude, dead 15 years. In her sedate but supple prose--rising at times to a light, unforced lyricism in the description of landscape or character--the author perfectly renders the closed and protective society of a small Southern town, the superstitions, gossip, and prying."

Praise for the novels of Bernice L. McFadden:

"Searing and expertly imagined." - Toni Morrison

"Vivid." - The New York Times

"Eloquent..." (McFadden) is a talent worth watching." - The Washington Post

"Sweeping and intense" - Susan Straight author of A Million Nightengales

"This very American story is fascinating; it is also heart-breaking,
thought-provoking, and beautifully written." --Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of The Scenic Route


In order to commemorate the 10th Anniversary I'm asking that you purchase a copy of SUGAR for yourself, a friend or family member. And yes, KINDLE purchases count.
At 11:28pm on December 6, 2009, dianejwright said…
Louise, welcome to SheWrites! We're so glad you've come along for the fun. First thing's first: dive in to the list of groups (check the top menu) and find the ones for you. There's something for everyone but, if you can't find just the group you imagine, we at SheWrites encourage you to create the group you like yourself! All groups are exclusively on a "request to join" basis but most moderators will be able to approve your request in no time. I hope you find community, support, camaraderie, and inspiration here at SheWrites.
Welcome!
/djw

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