Renee Macalino Rutledge is a long-time journalist from the San Francisco area whose articles and essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including ColorLines, Filipinas Magazine, and Ford City Anthology. Her debut novel, , employs a Filipino folktale of …
In Unbound Jamie Sumner details her journey through infertility to motherhood through her strong Christian faith, where the barren and fertile women of the Bible are her mentors.
The Madwoman of the title is a complicated persona that the poet herself seems to shift into and out of. The poems convey the personal, the familial, the cultural/traditional, and the mythical.
Through “wilting”, “falling”, “rooting”, “rising”, and “blooming”, Kaur takes the reader along on what could be interpreted as an individual journey of loss and renewal, but because of the accessibility of her story, ends up being a testament to the universal resilience of the human heart. It is, in many ways, a unique echo of every beautiful death and resurrection story ever told.
Camille Dungy’s debut collection of essays, Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History, offers profound observation, keen intellect, and frank reflection rooted in the black diaspora by focusing on the black body, motherhood, history, and nature.
For many women, pregnancy is a surreal experience full of many changes as the body expands to accommodate a new life. While those physical changes can be “immediate, all-consuming and violent,” as Sarah Menkedick notes in Homing Instincts, it’s the internal journey where the heart and truth and loneliness fully exists. What a wild journey it is, she says, this “Zen state or acid trip.”
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