Book Review: Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethewey My rating: 5 of 5 stars Trethewey’s memoir recounts her life with her mother and her odyssey to understand her mother’s murder at the hands of her stepfather. It is an exploration of memory and of the narratives we tell about our lives to make some senseContinue reading “Book Review: Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey”

Why I Delete Click Bait

A little rant about emails with false or misleading subjects. I just got one with the subject line “Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” The message went on to say that Justice Ginsburg would not be confirmed by the Senate today. On the one hand, that’s undoubtedly true. Mitch McConnell, the true subject of the email, probably wouldn’tContinue reading “Why I Delete Click Bait”

WordPress Payments Block — Promising, Yet No Thanks.

This summer WordPress.com announced a new feature that seemed promising. I tried it, but I don’t think it will work for me. Here’s why. I use WordPress Personal, and have always had the option to upgrade to WordPress Premium in order to do sales. The problem is, all I want to sell are a fewContinue reading “WordPress Payments Block — Promising, Yet No Thanks.”

Note to Self: Start a Book Club

This morning, I had a thought. And despite my title, it wasn’t about starting a typical book club. As the first day of classes looms and work on syllabi is delayed by work on finding classrooms for face-to-face classes where they can be socially distanced and other unusual tasks that have occupied the summer andContinue reading “Note to Self: Start a Book Club”

Whole Writer Workshops

In our low-residency MFA program, we have developed an alternative to traditional workshops that I like to think of as “Whole Writer Workshops.” These are workshops that follow up on the ones we do during the semester which are more or less traditional, depending on who’s teaching. During our summer full residency, we look atContinue reading “Whole Writer Workshops”