Resilience at the Heart of a Story

Resilience at the Heart of a Story

Guest blog by Shelley Blanton-Stroud I’ve always been drawn to the topic of resilience—it’s the heart of my family’s origin story. I grew up in Bakersfield, California, surrounded by grannies, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and cousins, whose shared history was a Route 66...
Children Need to Write

Children Need to Write

When children are supported in a creative writing practice, they then begin to understand that their own voice is important, that they have a right to use it, that they have reason to use it. They can see through the writing and sharing of their own creative ideas in...
Burnt Offering

Burnt Offering

“..this genus seemed to like the burn, feeding on food made by the death of their host trees, seizing the moment of abundant destruction and few competitors. They thrived without human help or interference, the successful fruiting of an underlying organism that...
Effigy

Effigy

Jennie sat alone on a blue velvet cushion in a restored steam-powered hearse, on the ground floor of Alex Jordan Junior’s warehouse, on the hot July afternoon of the funeral of her father-in-law, Alexander Jordan Senior, who never did acknowledge Jennie as his...
You Owe Me

You Owe Me

In This Side of the Divide–Stories of the American West, an anthology from Baobab Press.  Order at Indiebound or wherever you like to buy books. One September night after picking, arms sticky yellow, tomato leaf smell of piney, bitter sunlight under her fingernails,...