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Balancing the Ledger of Relationships: Questions in Novelist Sandra Hunter’s Losing Touch

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I first met Sandra Hunter at Ghost Ranch during the 2011 A Room of Her Own Foundation Retreat. She lead us in a beautiful breath-inspired meditation. In advance of the retreat, I started a series of short Reading…

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Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on June 27, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Marketing and The Poetry of Motherhood: Sustaining Your Joy Factor

Tucked away in the woods on dial- up for the last three years with three kids, I drank so much caffeine in town during school hours at Starbucks for free Wifi that my adrenals have yet to forgive me. Crazy, in retrospect, trying to teach on-line while the kids were in school and by night, college English, pushing the…

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Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on April 18, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

AROHO Reading Diary #4: An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service and An Authentic Life by Mary Johnson

“Mother Teresa would have called my secrets blasphemy,” Mary Johnson writes in the introduction to her spiritual memoir An Unquenchable Thirst, “but I call them freedom. I even call them love.”
 
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Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on October 3, 2011 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Announcing The Collaboration Hub and A Story of a Poet and a Photographer

The Following Mind Stretch Presentation was given at to A Room of Her Own Foundation’s 2011 Summer Retreat for Women Writers and became the seed for a new group I'll be facilitating here at She Writes titled The Collaboration Hub where collaborative pairs and others looking to partner can meet to discuss process and share resources. At the end of my presentation, AROHO retreat participants individually…

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Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on August 23, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

AROHO Reading Diary #3: Wrecker, a novel by Summer Wood

[As mentioned in an earlier post, I’ll be attending A Room of Her Own Foundation’s August 2011 Women’s Writing Retreat (application: http://www.aroomofherownfoundation.org/retreat_2011.php). AROHO (www.aroomofherownfoundation.org/ ) offers hands on networking support to women writers--from serious grant support (check out their Gift of Freedom Award)—to sponsoring a number… Continue

Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on June 17, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

AROHO Reading Diary #2: Storm of Terror: A Hebron Mother’s Diary by June Leavitt

“My soul is yearning to be elsewhere, not rushing from Beer Sheba to Jerusalem under enemy fire, trying to make a living.

What would happen if I voluntarily gave up family life and went to live a life of contemplation on a quiet mountaintop somewhere? Would I lose the fear of losing them [my children], and thereby be free of fear?”—June Leavitt (p. 157)

 [As mentioned in an earlier post, I’ll be attending A Room of Her Own Foundation’s August Women’s…

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Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on June 3, 2011 at 7:37pm — 2 Comments

AROHO Reading Diary #1: The Seamstress, A Memoir of Survival by Sara Tuvel Bernstein

I’m looking forward to attending A Room of Her Own Foundation’s August Women’s Writing Retreat (still accepting applications here ). The organization (AROHO) offers hands on networking support to women writers--from serious grant support (check out their Gift of Freedom Award)—to sponsoring a number of writing contests and…

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Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on May 19, 2011 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Rhythms of Women and Nature: An Interview with Christine DeCamp



In your painting "Incubating" (posted at The Fertile Source) we see a beautiful image of a half woman/half nautilus figure resting in the belly of a fish, kelp or seastrands descending from the top, and rising up from the bottom, which…

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Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on May 2, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

HIV-AIDS in Africa, rape and sexual violence in South Africa, and Becoming a Mother Writer: an interview with J.L. Powers

Tania Pryputniewicz, poetry editor of The Fertile Source, talks with J.L. Powers about HIV-AIDS in Africa, South Africa’s problems with sexual violence, and what it’s like to be a new mama and a writer.



 Set in modern-day South Africa, This Thing Called the Future…

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Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on March 21, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Testaments to Resiliency: Deferred Motherhood, Divorce and Peace in the Artwork of Katherine Fraser

In the poetic artist statement posted on your website www.katherinefraser.com, you posit a striking truth: “Though my subjects usually stand alone, I am less interested in loneliness than in the way being alone makes us feel most alive and connected to our true…

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Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on March 14, 2011 at 10:28am — No Comments

The Common Ground of Emotion under Adversity: Witness/Father/Poet Christopher Flowers on “Ultrasound” and “Skull Tectonics”

"Skull Tectonics" (live with "Ultrasound" at The Fertile Source: http://fertilesource.com/2011/01/ultrasound-and-skull-tectonics/) artfully captures the nuances of the mind/body tangle inside a father-to-be, and the challenges of being a passive witness: “I, shuffling nervously in scrubs / and surgical mask, clenched / (fists, molars, memories) / outside / cool-tiled room.” Can you speak to these… Continue

Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on January 21, 2011 at 11:34am — No Comments

Lamplighters and Unfertilized Eggs: Questioning Fertility-Centered Female Identity, Shadow Dialogues, and Conscious Choice/Conscious Devotion with Poet Michelle Bonczek

The Courtyard and To the Unfertilized Eggs in My Ovaries are live at The Fertile Source this week:… Continue

Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on January 10, 2011 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Motherhood, Matrices, and Accountability: 5 of 2010's Writing Lessons

Motherhood and writing are not mutually exclusive activities; for direct support with this notion, See This Giving Birth: Pregnancy and Childbirth in American Women’s Writing, Edited by Julie Tharp and Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb for thought-provoking essays on the range of possibilities for inhabiting rich lives as mothers and writers as well as challenging dominant culture impressions we might have inherited (say from Thorea or…

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Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on December 10, 2010 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

An Interview with Antoinette Voûte Roeder: The Poetry of Reunion, Poetry as Communion

“21st birthday” (live at The Fertile Source: http://fertilesource.com/?p=866) turns on a loving gesture on the part of the parents of the speaker in the poem (who bestow her with a tape recorder just after she’s given up her infant for adoption). This gift strikes one as more haunting than, say, a blank journal because of the indelible preservation of emotion on tape. We are left to question: will the speaker be able to use the tape… Continue

Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on November 23, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Reflections on Writing: Life, Laundry and Loss with Poet Janina Aza Karpinska

“Afterwards” (live at the Fertile Source: http://fertilesource.com/?p=818) so tenderly conveys the magnitude of loss and the strength involved in recovering from losing a baby – whether through miscarriage or termination - what it takes out of one—the poem tracking so carefully, precisely the minute details facing the waking speaker, still groggy—soothed by the simple focus of having to hold a cup of tea, which treat on a tray to eat… Continue

Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on November 8, 2010 at 11:43pm — No Comments

The Poetry of Joan Swift: Snow on a Crocus, Formalities of a Neonaticide

Read a selection of Joan Swift's poems here at The Fertile Source:http://fertilesource.com/?p=801



First off Joan, you are one of my heroes, for your poetry in The Dark Path of Our Names in which you grapple with the subject of rape. Here in Snow on a Crocus, Formalities of a Neonaticide, I am wondering once again how you arrive at the strength and vision to inhabit your subjects. Can you talk about the process of writing both… Continue

Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on October 12, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Poet Timothy Black: Male Medusas, Beautiful Lies, and Cancer Sex

The first male poet to publish at The Fertile Source, Timothy Black speaks to us about adoption, racism, and the roots of his poetic inspirations. Missing an Umbilical and Cancer Sex can be read here: http://fertilesource.com/?p=785



I was struck by the underwater world of “Missing an Umbilical” with its male Medusa imagery and haunting sense of potential loss (from father to father, the shared son). Can… Continue

Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on September 29, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Abbreviated Motherhood, Abortion as Form of Love, and Revision as Medicine with Alana I. Capria

Capria’s Prose Poem, “A Book of Life in Ten Parts” is currently live at The Fertile Source: http://fertilesource.com/?p=774



In “A Book of Life in Ten Parts” a brave perspective emerges challenging the assumption that carrying a life to term (and the subsequent lifetime role of motherhood) proves to automatically be the best choice when one conceives. Can you talk to us about the writing of this poem? How did you choose this… Continue

Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on September 13, 2010 at 11:23pm — 1 Comment

Suspended in Midair: Infants, Graduate School, and Wild Swans with Rebecca Kinzie Bastian

Rebecca Kinzie Bastian’s poems, I Fell into My Baby’s Eyes and pro-di-gy, celebrating early motherhood, can be read here at The Fertile Source: http://fertilesource.com/?p=766



These two poems strike me as songs of praise—take for example the lovely opening line from I Fell Into My Baby’s Eyes: “I know it sounds ridiculous, but the sun/was shining through their marine.” Can you talk about the process of writing… Continue

Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on September 3, 2010 at 9:54am — No Comments

Poetry’s Secret Rooms with Sandra McPherson: Bloodlines, Adoption, and The Spaces Between Birds

Sandra McPherson discusses mother/daughter poetry, adoption, neonaticide, and the ways mother writers struggle with earning power. McPherson’s Missing Children, Helen Todd: My Birthname, A Coconut for Katerina, and Children are live at the Fertile Source: http://fertilesource.com/?p=753. We are extremely honored to have had this chance to speak with McPherson (recently retired after 23 years on faculty at the University of California,… Continue

Added by Tania Pryputniewicz on August 16, 2010 at 2:35pm — 1 Comment

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