Shirley Anne Williams on A Careless Hug

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  Sherley Anne Williams (American, 1944-1999) was a multi-talented writer who sought to bring the black experience to literature. Born into a poor family that lived by picking cotton and fruit, she became the first African American literature professor at the University … Continue reading

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Catherine Esther Beecher on Exercise

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Woman’s great mission is to train immature, weak, and ignorant creatures to obey the laws of God; the physical, the intellectual, the social, and the moral. Catherine Beecher Born in 1800 into the famous Beecher clan which included Harriet Beecher … Continue reading

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Ann Patchett on Playing the Piano

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What would you do if you were named one of Time’s 100 most influential people?  For Ann Patchett the choice is to keep writing and run a bookstore – Parnassos Books in Nashville, Tennessee. “I’m never lonely around books,” she … Continue reading

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Beryl Markham on Flying

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What if you wrote a book, and then people said you didn’t write it, and then people said you did, and then people said it doesn’t really matter anyway. Meet Beryl Markham (1902-1986). Beryl Markham grew up on her father’s … Continue reading

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Augusta Evans Wilson on Facing Sin

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Born in 1835 in Columbia, Georgia, Augusta Evans Wilson was the first American woman author to earn over $100,000 until Edith Wharton did so in the 1920s.  She wrote the first of nine novels, Inez: A Story of the Alamo, at … Continue reading

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Faye Kellerman on Cranky Because of PMS

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Faye Kellerman is a best-selling writer of novels of mystery and suspense. Born in 1952 she has written over thirty novels. Trained as a mathematician and a dentist she choose instead to write, propelled she says, by “a desire for justice, a … Continue reading

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Frances Burney on What If Nobody Were Female

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At the age of fifteen Frances Burney (17752-1840), despite the tears of her younger sister, tossed the plays, poems and first novel she had written on to a bonfire. Why? She was consumed with guilt. In 1767 women were not … Continue reading

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Maya Angelou on Being Aware of Being Aware

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  “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Maya Angelou Maya Angelou passed away on May 28th. A teacher, writer, poet, activist, … Continue reading

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Caroline Lee Hentz on a Child’s Yearning

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Caroline Lee Hentz (1800-1856), one of America’s most popular writers in the 1850s, sold over 93,000 copies of her more than fifteen novels and a multitude of short stories and poems. The Boston Library named her one of the top … Continue reading

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Anne Lamott on the Down Draft

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“Writing a first draft is very much like watching a Polaroid develop. You can’t–and, in fact, you’re not supposed to–know exactly what the picture is going to look like until it’s finished developing. First you just point at what has … Continue reading

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Adah Issacs Menken on Working and Waiting

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“Good women are rarely clever, and clever women are rarely good.” Ada Issacs Menken Adah Issacs Menken (1835 to 1869) was a Civil War era actress, sex symbol, and pin-up girl.  She was also a dedicated writer publishing 20 essays, … Continue reading

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Annie Dillard on the Written Word

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“[If] you want to live, you have to die;”  Annie Dillard American author Annie Dillard has been called a mystic, a visionary, a naturalist and a modern Thoreau.  Her writing is  characterized as literary collage of the lyrical, the metaphoric and the richly … Continue reading

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Katherine Mansfield on Having Her Moment

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Risk, risk, everything. Katherine Mansfield Katherine Mansfield is best known for her short fiction. Born in 1888 in New Zealand, she died young at age 34. During her short life she wrote several volumes of short stories and critical literary … Continue reading

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Phillippa Yaa De Villiers on If Love Were Bread

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“…writing is so much more than words on a page. Writing contains their [the writer’s]concerns, their social context, and their history.” Phillippa Yaa De Villiers An actress, a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, and poet Phillippa Yaa De Villiers grew up in South Africa. … Continue reading

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Willa Cather on the Essence of Writing

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“I had left even their spirits behind me. The wagon jolted on, carrying me I knew not where. … Between that earth and sky I felt erased, blotted out.” Willa Cather “My Antonia” Although Willa Cather (1873-1947) was born in … Continue reading

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Sonia Nieto on Culture as Transmutation

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My identity is always changing everyday. The person who I was when I was a child is different from the person I was as a young adult and the person who I am now. And those shifting identities have to … Continue reading

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Ning Lao T’ai-t’ai on the Life of a Beggar

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In the 1930s Ida Pruitt, an American living in Peking, recorded the oral life history of Ning Lao T’ai-t’ai, the elderly mother of a man working for her husband. Ning lived in the city of Penglai in Shedong Province of China in second … Continue reading

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Rosa Parks on Being a Regular Person

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The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.   Rosa Parks Christened “The First Lady of Civil Rights” Rosa Parks made history on a February day in 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on the bus to … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning on Love and Work

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 If marriage be a contract, look to it then, Contracting parties should be equal – Just.  Elizabeth Barrett Browning Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) or “Ba,” as she was known as a child, was a child of privilege growing up in … Continue reading

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Pearl S. Buck on Making Meaning Out of Meaningless

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If the American way of life fails the child, it fails us more. Pearl S. Buck (1982-1973) spent all her childhood and a good part of her adult life living in China. Most of her over thirty novels are based … Continue reading

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