When I learned that my publisher decided to let One Person/Multiple Careers go out of print just a few months after its second printing, I didn't know what to make of it. The book hadn't sold millions of copies, but it had sold thousands, had a loyal following -- and garnered continuous media attention around the world.
As someone who spends a lot of time talking about the book business with other…Continue
Word City Word Lab prompt:
"I've never been here before..."
Full disclosure: both Kathleen Sweeney and I have secret hiding places in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Most likely we can blame The Mixed of Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, which both of us read somewhere between Ramona and Harriet the Spy. I’ve been coming here since fifth grade,…Continue
A short while ago, on Facebook no less, I happened on the news that the writer Christa Wolf had died—on December 1, in Berlin, at the age of 82. I am still reeling from the shock, not just the shock of her death but the shock of my not having known about her death for over six weeks. How could this have happened? Christa Wolf, originally of the GDR, is a writer whose words I have lived by, more or less consciously, for almost thirty years. No other living writer did as much to shape my…Continue
Out of our Word City Studio collaborations, sometimes an appreciation for inspiring fragments would hit suddenly. For Kathleen Sweeney, this would often translate into a video doodle of sorts. Says Kathleen: "NYC is one of those places you can never fully know. First of all, it's too big. That's the obvious part. Then there's the ever-changing nature of the architecture. Something new is always under construction. But even on those streets you think you know, even in those grid-sequences you…Continue
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I teach a family memoir class at NYU and, year after year, it’s always over-enrolled. The twenty year-olds carry around a limitless store of tales about their parents, their siblings, and the wrongs they’ve been done. But will they publish them? Probably not right away. A public airing of past struggle can be therapeutic in a class, but terrifying in the broader arena of publication—especially when that struggle implicates the living. Relatives, after all, are easily hurt or angered, they…Continue
Word City Studio found ourselves looking for the Poet's Walk, a series of plaques embedded in cracked sidewalks which was created by the New York Public Library in Midtown, NYC. Thousands of people pour over every day without taking the slightest notice. What better place to stop in our tracks to observe and…Continue
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Cross Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) at 10th Street, headed west, and you'll stumble straight into the Jefferson Market library, a castle of a place that used to be a women's prison. Around the corner is a little street, with another little street...
Meet Patchin Place, a cul-de-sac houses,…Continue
The other day, I had coffee with Jennifer Wilkov, an award-winning writer and host of the popular "Your Book Is Your Hook"radio show. She also runs a successful business helping authors navigate the writing and publishing process. I told her about the blog I've been writing for aspiring authors and asked her what advice she'd give specifically to self-published authors.
She said hands down the two most common mistakes…Continue
“Even now, when the phone rings late at night, I think it’s her. I stumble out of bed ready for the worst. The last time my mother called was in 1990. I was thirty-one and living in Chicago. …
The first collaboration I'd like to share with you is one that Kathleen Sweeney and I embarked upon at the St. John the Divine Cathedral, in Manhattan. St. John the Divine is a holy place of contemplation, and this time one reflects on The Value of Water: the art of water, the scarcity of water, and the sanctity of water. Dozens of artists are shown together, smattered throughout the far flung chapels and corners, creating a unique convergence of meditation around that compound of hydrogen…Continue
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by Sherrie Wilkolaski
Let’s get real about social media. It’s like exercise, right? Not everyone is as focused on their social media footprint as they would like. It takes time and effort. So I thought, why not do it together. I ran this blogging campaign at Infinity Publishing and it was a huge hit, so I'm bringing it here to www.shewrites.com. This is your opportunity to make some viral waves in the world of…Continue
This week I'm going to be guest blogging about the theme of collaboration. I was never a collaborator- writers write alone, right? But when I met Kathleen Sweeney, a fellow adjunct professor at the New School University, and a communications expert and social media guru, something about our interests…Continue
One of the pleasures of my recent stay at Virginia Center for Creative Arts was the chance to spread out pages of my manuscript-in-progress. This is something I've been able to do with each of my collections, first on the walls of my studio at the Millay Colony…Continue
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It seems appropriate to admit to a forum of women that I was the girl who never made female friends easily. As a teenager, talking wasn’t my thing, hugs were a struggle, and I just felt out of place among groups of girls/women. Yet, in the summer of 1999—as a young mother stuck in an unhealthy relationship, having learned that my mother, who had long since been emotionally unavailable to me, was dying—I could have really used some female…Continue
Aquarie Stein is having another virtual birthday, Feb. 3rd. She is turning 138. Looking back at the year she just spent, culturally speaking, it was the 99% Gertrude Stein year.
The excitement created by her modern art collection and her still shockingly modern personality was not just for the ususal 1 % of avant-gardists and art enthusiasts.…Continue
It took three weeks to clean, paint and reorganize my office—my garret, my sanctum sanctorum. Part of that time was to transition this space from graphic design workplace to writing/teaching space, another part was to empty it out after 25 years of packing things in, and the other…Continue
What electrifies me? You! I have been utterly, deeply inspired and moved by the response to my book giveaway. Thank you, everyone, for sharing your passions, for sharing what makes you tick as writers and women, for giving me windows into your lives, into your fiery, electric hearts. I so loved reading about how you are inspired by truth, by connection, by food, by the body, by nature, by…Continue
When I was ten years old, if you had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said “I want to be a poet.” I memorized John Berryman (“Life, friends, is boring,”) T.S. Eliot, and E.E. Cummings.
But, growing up, my path was guarded by practical desires – I needed to be able to support myself, I needed to make…