Nothing to Envy

Although I enjoy reading many genres, fiction is my favorite. I love to be transported to another neighborhood, city, state, country, continent, or world.  Nonetheless, I was talking with a friend about global affairs, when she recommended a non-fiction book, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea. Before reading the book, I wanted to […]

The Writer’s Inspiration Group

Inspiration for writers can come from many places, live theater, modern art museums, strolling in the forest, but sometimes it’s just nice to be with people who share the desire to assemble words on a page. Sitting and talking about writing, the good, the bad and the ugly, can be cathartic. Our group, titled The […]

Breaking Barriers

From marital infidelity to mental breakdowns, women writers have been breaking barriers with their novels for centuries. In 1899, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening met with negative controversy for its unconventional subject matter. Chopin’s decision to write about a female protagonist whose disillusionment with her marriage leads to an affair, and, ultimately, to abandoning her children, […]

Madelyn Pugh Davis: Girl Writer for “I Love Lucy” – Part 1

To my amazement, I recently learned that “Vitameatavegamin” was written by a sister-writer from Indiana. I’m a writer who has lived my entire life in the Hoosier state, and I was weaned on I Love Lucy reruns. I know every episode starring Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo. I have dressed as Lucy for Halloween carrying […]

Excerpt: A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks

Before America had an official poet laureate, the functions of that office were performed by the poetry consultant to the Library of Congress. Gwendolyn Brooks became the twenty-ninth poetry consultant. Her tenure at the Library of Congress was a success; she defined the work of the poet laureate. She was an activist poetry consultant, welcoming […]