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Aline Soules is the author of numerous poems and prose works. Her most recent publication, Meditation on Woman is a mix of prose poetry and flash fiction. A small selection of pieces appeared in the Kenyon Review under the book’s working title Woman Acts. Her chapbook, Evening Sun: A Widow’s Journey, will be published by ADC Press in 2014. Aline earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2003 to go with her M.A. in English and M.S.L.S. in Library Science. She is widowed with a grown son and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Carol Smallwood invited Aline to talk about her passion for writing about women and mothers, how form enhances her themes, and the influence of other writers, the Internet, and writing classes.
Jennifer Basye Sander runs two weekend writing retreats for women: Write by the Lake in Lake Tahoe, and Write at the Farm in Washington’s Skagit Valley. She also teaches in the MFA program at North West Institute of Literary Arts …
Marion Winik’s most recent memoir, Highs in the Low Fifties: How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living, chronicles Winik’s return to the dating world and her experiences along the way. Winik is the author of six previous nonfiction books, including The Glen Rock Book of the Dead and The Lunch-Box Chronicles, as well as two books of poetry. In a conversation with Lisa Lynne Lewis, Winik talks about the importance of storytelling, the birth of “momoir” and the influence of the Kardashians.
Kate Hopper is the author of Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers and the recently published memoir Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and currently teaches classes at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and online in her Motherhood & Words workshops. Janine Kovac sat down with Kate to discuss her book, her writing workshops, and how to care for orchids.
In The Glass Wives, Nathan’s debut novel, Evie Glass finds her ex-husband’s new wife, Nicole, on her doorstep with packed bags and an infant son. This second Mrs. Glass has decided that the Glass wives should deal with their husband’s sudden death together: share a roof, some finances, and baby-sitting while the estate settles and the smoke of their lives clears.
In her second novel, The Mermaid of Brooklyn, Amy Shearn writes about love, identity, belonging, and the ways in which motherhood changes how we see ourselves in the world. Shearn’s protagonist, Jenny Lipkin, is the overwhelmed mother of two young children. When Jenny’s husband disappears after going out to buy cigarettes, Jenny is pushed to the edge, then pulled back by a spirit-mermaid.