Hi Everyone, I’m late starting this challenge and will do my best to keep up now. Thank you, Nadia and Alison for making it possible for me to join. This image is the back cover of my most recent publication in the literary journal, Conjunctions (I need to read the rest of the pieces in this issue, too)!
I’m a writer and teacher of writing, and also a recovering academic, based in Rochester, New York. I’m not reading as much as I used to and wanted to strengthen my practice—being a reader is what made me want to write in the first place. I have many half-started books and some I’m re-reading. Right now, what’s on my plate: The Mother of All Questions (Rebecca Solnit), recommended to me by a few friends including Nadia; Living Your Yoga (Judith Lasater—re-reading); Talking Back (re-reading after 20 years—bell hooks); Pain Woman Takes Your Keys (essays by Sonya Huber); Difficult Women (Roxane Gay); Spectacle (Susan Steinberg—re-reading the stories, but this time in order). I’m thinking about what it means to claim your life and your experiences, to be a feminist in a misogynist culture, and how books are made from individual essays and stories and chapters. There are others, but I haven’t done the breakdown of pages. I’m glad to be here and look forward to reading your posts.