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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer, Editor, & Publisher Janna Marlies Maron

My introduction to Janna Marlies Maron came when my essay “Something to Do with Baldness” was accepted for publication at Under the Gum Tree, a reader supported, full-size, quarterly literary arts magazine that specializes in creative nonfiction, with visual artwork and photo essays alongside feature essays and four regular department sections: Fork and Spoon, Soundtrack, 24 […]

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Book Giveaway: Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family

I’ve been sick twice in the last three weeks since coming back from AWP, and I’m still recovering, so I have not had the energy to produce my regular Sunday Spotlight column. But today I feel well enough to write a blog post and keep some semblance of momentum going. I’ve been thinking these past […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer Chelsea Biondolillo

Today’s featured writer: Chelsea Biondolillo The featured writing: “Lovesong” published at Diagram. I met Chelsea a year ago when I took one of her generative creative nonfiction workshops online through Apiary Lit and then met her in person during lunch with a small group of badass women essayists during the AWP conference in Minneapolis. Through this interaction, […]

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The Sunday Spotlight: Writer John Proctor

Today’s featured writer: John Proctor The featured writing: “Meditating Underwater” published at Atlas & Alice. John Proctor—not that John Proctor, as he notably distinguishes himself (via his website address) from The Crucible‘s hard-on-his-luck character—is a fellow graduate of mine from Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA in creative nonfiction) and an editorial colleague at Hunger […]

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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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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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