Grief and the land

I’m not willing or able to let go of a relationship as transformative as a relationship between mother and daughter. So for anyone to suggest that is a healthy thing to do, I dispute that. I also have to admit that it’s just not in my nature to do so. … More Grief and the land

The Silence of Missing Voices

What is the relationship between silence, creativity, fear, doubt, death, and missing voices — especially in art and literature? I spoke with the hosts of Encountering Silence about why I teach Tillie Olsen’s “Silences” in all my creative writing classes, and about the relationship between silence and creativity, silence and privilege, silence and the body, … More The Silence of Missing Voices

Tales of Loss and Longing: St Greg’s Acoustic Chapel Series, February 23 in Chicago

I’m really excited about collaborating with the Acoustic Chapel series at St. Gregory the Great in Chicago with my Love and Salt co-author Amy Andrews to produce Tales of Loss and Longing. Amy and I will both be reading  new work and introducing The Stapletons, who created one of my favorite albums of 2017: Battles and Ballads. … More Tales of Loss and Longing: St Greg’s Acoustic Chapel Series, February 23 in Chicago

On Religion, Fake News and Self-Made Bubbles

With the intensive post-analysis of the presidential election last year, we had the beginnings of a national conversation on  the new reality of how people are consuming news. “Fake news” has superseded real news in troubling ways. Selective exposure, filter bubbles, echo chambers, confirmation bias, implicit bias, and other terms have entered common dialogue. But suggested … More On Religion, Fake News and Self-Made Bubbles