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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer Penny Guisinger

Today’s featured writer: Penny Guisinger The featured writing: “Marriage” and “Marriage Two” published at Bluestem, excerpts from Penny’s new book Postcards from Here, a semi-finalist for the Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award published by Vine Leaves Press (February, 2016), available in paperback and as an ebook.  When I received my copy of Postcards from Here in the […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Poet & Renaissance Woman Elizabeth J. Coleman

Today’s featured Poet: Elizabeth J. Coleman The featured poem: “One Way of Looking at Grace” published at Per Contra: An International Journal of the Arts, Literature, and Ideas. While my focus here on The Sunday Spotlight is to feature new and emerging writers, and technically with two chapbooks, two full poetry collections, and a work […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer & Critic Michele Filgate

Today’s featured writer: Michele Filgate The featured writing: “Possessed” published at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. I’m thrilled to feature Michele Filgate and her gorgeous essay “Possessed” today. This is a bit of a gamble because Michele’s essay is published in the print edition of the literary journal Gulf Coast out of the […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer Suzanne Farrell Smith

Today’s featured writer: Suzanne Farrell Smith The featured writing: “Listing to Love” published at Pank. Okay, prepare yourselves. This is going to be a gush-fest. And I’m not sorry about it in the least. In honor of Valentine’s Day and this week’s featured essay “Listing to Love,” I’ve compiled a short list on what I […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer Melissa Matthewson

Today’s featured writer: Melissa Matthewson. The featured writing: “As Snow Designs” published at The Bellingham Review. I live in a small, rural town, so in order to fulfill my literary cravings and needs, I rely upon social media to keep connected. While having that online access is great, interacting with people virtually is definitely a […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer Kelly Thompson

Today’s featured writer: Kelly Thompson The featured writing: “Hand Me Down Stories” published at Proximity Magazine. I met Kelly Thompson last year at AWP in Minneapolis when I visited my friend, Christy Bailey, in her highrise Hilton suite. It was late, and the room was full of people because Christy, being very ill with cancer, had […]

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Introducing “The Sunday Spotlight” First up: Writer Cathy Bell

Last week, I read a snarky article on the Huffington Post on the “7 Ways to Be Insufferable on Facebook.” The author dissected nearly every possible type of Facebook post and categorized them into five types: image crafting, narcissism, attention craving, jealousy inducing, and loneliness. The author’s views were so negative and constraining that I found […]

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Jennifer McGuiggan interviews me for r.kv.r.y quarterly

My friend and writing colleague, Jenna McGuiggan of The Word Cellar, recently interviewed me about my essay “The Polarity of Incongruities” for r.kv.r.y quarterly, the online journal that published the essay last month in their “Caregivers” issue. The interview is now live on the r.kv.r.y blog! Here is the intro to the interview: “Laurie Easter’s […]

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The Trajectory of an Essay: Perseverance into Success

Everybody loves a happy ending. Especially when there’s been some hardship or challenge occurring prior. For isn’t that often the recipe for a good story? Overcoming the odds to achieve success? Well, I am happy to report my own little success story. I wrote an essay titled “Her Body, a Wilderness” that was published this last […]

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Maya Angelou: Phenomenal Woman, That’s You.

The day before my recent birthday, on May 28, I opened up Facebook to find an abundance of photos of and quotes by Maya Angelou. At first I did not think this odd. For one thing, the very nature of Facebook is that people “share” posts, and often throughout a day or series of days, certain topics […]

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