Roberta Allen
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Niki Tulk left a comment for Roberta Allen
"Thank you for your comments -- I love the idea of noting stumbles. I agree that we need to celebrate the flags our "mistakes" wave for us, they direct us often to the road less traveled! You have published with Coffee House Press? One of…"
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Roberta Allen commented on the blog post 'Read-Aloud, Anyone?'
"YES! I've been telling writers for many years to read their stories or memoirs or novels out loud and even better to record themselves--especially if there's no one around to hear. But even when there is someone to read to, it's still…"
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"2 spots in my writing workshop starting Apr. 4. Workshops for 21 yrs. Use the Energy Method for 1st drafts & revisions."
Mar 19, 2012
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"More lovely words about my novel THE DREAMING GIRL"
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"Last NY Reading of THE DREAMING GIRL, pub. by Ellipsis Press, 12/8. 8 PM Happy Ending, 302 Broome St. (betw. Eldridge & Forsyth Sts."
Dec 7, 2011
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"Interview about my novel THE DREAMING GIRL, WBAI/NY 99.5FM w/Janet Coleman, Cat Radio Cafe 11/28, 2-3 PM Streaming live at"
Nov 27, 2011
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"Interview about THE DREAMING Interview about THE DREAMING GIRL WBAI/NY 99.5FM 11/28, 2-3 PM w/Janet Coleman Cat Radio Cafe Streaming live a"
Nov 27, 2011
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"Soda Series Readings & Conversation w/ John Haskell, Kirsten Kaschock, Robin Grearson & Roberta Allen Wed. Nov. 9, 7 PM,"
Nov 5, 2011
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"Online Exhibition of my Photographs. A Portion of sales to benefit St. Marks Bookshop, NY."
Nov 1, 2011
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"Reading from THE DREAMING GIRL Tues. Nov. 1, 7 PM, St. Marks Bookshop, 31 3rd Ave. "The writing is extraordinary." The Bloomsbury Review."
Oct 31, 2011
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"Signing the new edition of my novel THE DREAMING GIRL at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Ellipsis Press Table 18, 3-4 PM."
Sep 14, 2011
Roberta Allen commented on the blog post 'How to Remap Your Writerly Brain from "Hope" to "Certainty" and Other Tips from the Passion Project Team'
"I think creating a positive statement is fine but unless you are really feeling that statement it isn't powerful. Putting feeling behind it is what gives it power."
Jan 18, 2011

Profile Information

Who I am:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Certain People, Coffee House Press (stories)
The Daughter, Autonomedia (novella-in-stories)
The Playful Way To Serious Writing, Houghton Mifflin (writing workbook)
The Playful Way To Knowing Yourself, Houghton Mifflin (writing/self-help workbook)
The Dreaming Girl, Painted leaf (novel)
The Traveling Woman, Vehicle Editions (stories)
Fast Fiction, Story Press (writing guide)
Amazon Dream, City Lights (travel memoir)

Selected Anthologies:
Lost & Found: Stories of New York, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood Books
Heads & Tails: Heide Hatry, Charta Art Books
Up Is Up But So Is Down: New York's Downtown Scene 1974-92, NYU Press
Micro Fiction, W.W. Norton
Harp & Altar, Ellipsis Press
My writing is:
Fiction, Memoir
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Services I offer to other writers:
Small Workshops since 1991, also one-on-one
The New School 1992-
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
My professional associations:

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At 5:11pm on February 7, 2013, Niki Tulk said…

Thank you for your comments -- I love the idea of noting stumbles. I agree that we need to celebrate the flags our "mistakes" wave for us, they direct us often to the road less traveled! You have published with Coffee House Press? One of my heroines, Ann Waldman, is published with them! Peace, Niki

At 10:13pm on April 14, 2010, Sarah Milstein said…
Hi, Roberta. Twitter may well be a good tool for you. The good stuff doesn't happen overnight, though, and you can't start out simply promoting yourself. You have to build up a following, which you do by being interesting, helpful, funny, etc--and that takes a while. Once you've got some relationships, you can throw the occasional promo tweet into the mix.

In addition to the webcast I did for SheWrites and The Twitter Book I co-wrote (both of which are paid resources), you can do some Googling to find free articles on using Twitter to build your personal brand. Best of luck.
At 9:17pm on April 14, 2010, Lauren Cerand said…
Maybe! Please send more info to
At 8:11am on March 30, 2010, Kirsten Tranquility Abrams said…
I'm definitely interested in working with you -- right now I'm on the west coast with my grandparents who aren't well so I'm not sure when I'll be back or available to focus on my work, but I will be in touch!

At 8:09am on March 30, 2010, Kirsten Tranquility Abrams said…
At 9:22am on December 10, 2009, Bernice L. McFadden said…
Dear Roberta:

You may not know me or my work, but I am the national bestselling, award winning novelist of six critically acclaimed novels who has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

On Jan 9th, 2010 my debut novel, SUGAR will celebrate its 10th anniversary and in order to commemorate this milestone I am campaigning to sell 10,000 copies between now and that date.

“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.”

I’m asking that you purchase a copy of SUGAR for yourself, a friend or family member. And yes, KINDLE purchases count.

If you could help spread the word by blogging, twittering and Face-booking my campaign, it would mean the world to me.

Peace & Light,

Bernice L. McFadden
At 1:17pm on November 30, 2009, Eliza Earsman said…

Answer to your query 'how am I learning to use Twitter?:

With difficulty! Also by trial and error.

I have just finished (in the last few minutes) an author interview with GARY EBY. Gary has been very helpful in his teaching process. I can recommend him if you want help/interview.

I look forward to knowing more about you. In the meantime have a great day.

At 9:14pm on November 19, 2009, Rebecca Coffey said…
I'm glad you told me about the long lines. I had no idea, either, and I'm planning on going first chance I get.
At 5:44pm on November 8, 2009, Rebecca Coffey said…

I will be in town on Thursday, and so I may actually find my way to your reading. Looking forward to it.

Rebecca Coffey
At 6:55am on November 7, 2009, Rebecca Coffey said…

So glad you've joined Flash & Micro | Fiction & Nonfiction! Ah, if I'd only known of the Cornelia Street cafe reading in time!

Please, if you're interested, use the group's Introduction Thread to tell us all about yourself.

Rebecca Coffey


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