Youth Group Picnic: A Tale of Two Genres

Genre Revisited I have always been fascinated by one of the most basic aspects of the writing process: deciding which genre will best align with the experience I feel inspired to write about. Am I trying to convey a particular emotion? Am I trying to work out the mystery of why people behave the way … Continue reading Youth Group Picnic: A Tale of Two Genres

Call & Response: “The Deepest Sense”

Once a month since January, my husband and I have been making the trip four hours north to Sheldon Springs, Vermont for me to take inspiration photographs for the novel I'm working on. I was pleased with how this latest set turned out, and I filed them away, not thinking too much more about them. … Continue reading Call & Response: “The Deepest Sense”

Grief Songs Excerpt: “First Sacrament”

My debut poetry collection, Grief Songs: Poems of Love & Remembrance, was inspired by family photographs. Some photographs prompted my own memories, while others were taken before I was born or when I was too young to remember. The following account of my baptism came from a biography of my life titled, "An Account of … Continue reading Grief Songs Excerpt: “First Sacrament”

#Bookreview: Minus One

My Review The poems in Elizabeth Merry’s collection, Minus One: The Story of a Life, are rich and nuanced with the fluidity of time and memory. I found myself rereading a number of them, each time with a new layer of meaning revealed. Minus One is the poetry of paradox: death in life visible in … Continue reading #Bookreview: Minus One