Writing News

margaret-wrinkleMargaret Wrinkle’s keynote presentation on the writing life blew me away at yesterday’s Antioch Spring Writers’ Workshop (check out my full blog post on it here). In her handout, she added a gigantic recommended reading list. I’m typing that list up here, so I don’t lose it!

  • Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  • Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony, Almanac of the Dead
  • Keri Hulme, The Bone People
  • Helen Oyemi, The Icarus Girl
  • Ben Okri, The Famished Road
  • Malidoma Some, The Healing Wisdom of Africa, Ritual: Power, Healing and Community, Of Water and the Spirit
  • Wole Soyinka, Myth, Literature and the African World, Death and the King’s Horseman
  • Robert Farris Thompson, Flash of the Spirit
  • Tom Harmer, Going Native, What I’ve Always Known
  • Lisa Jones, Broken: A Love Story
  • Linda Hogan, Power
  • Douglas Preston, Talking to the Ground
  • Claudia Rankine, Citizen
  • Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Ta Nahesi Coates, Between the World and Me
  • Alexandra Fuller, Let’s Not Go to the Dogs, Leaving Before the Rains Come
  • Robyn Davidson, Tracks
  • Mary Karr, Liars Club, Cherry, Lit
  • Jeffrey Renard Allen, Song of the Shank
  • Octavia Butler, Kindred
  • Marlon James, Book of Night Women, Brief History of Seven Killings
  • Lydia Yuknavitch, Chronology of Water
  • Anne Carson, Eros the Bittersweet
  • Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts
  • Dennis Covington, Salvation on Sand Mountain, Revelation
  • Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss
  • Thomas Merton, Seven Story Mountain
  • Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight
  • David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity
  • May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude
  • Anne Truitt, Daybook, Prospect
  • Frances Scovall Shinn, The Game of Life and How to Play It
  • Pat Schneider, Writing Alone and with Others
  • Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
  • Robert Olen Butler, From Where You Dream
  • David Bayles and Ted Orland, Art and Fear
  • Bonnie Friedman, Writing Past Dark
  • Susan Shaughnessy, Walking on Alligators: A Book of Meditations for Writers
  • Alice Walker, Living by the Word, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens
  • Steven King, On Writing
  • Bell Hooks, Wounds of Passion
  • Earnest Gaines, Mozart and Leadbelly
  • Kenneth Atchity, A Writer’s Time
  • Robert Burdette Sweet, Writing Towards Wisdom: The Writer as Shaman
  • Carolyn See, Making a Literary Life
  • Dani Shapiro, Still Writing
  • Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings
  • Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners, The Habit of Being
  • Max and Marjorie, Correspondence of Maxwell E Perkins and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Writing Events

Last Saturday (March 5, 2016), Wright Memorial Public Library in Oakwood hosted an Author Fair with more than a dozen local authors. Ten authors gave 10-minute readings, so it was a great opportunity to get to hear all of the diverse voices in the community. Here are photos of all of the speakers in the order they appeared.

Peggy Barnes

Author of the adoption memoir I Knew You By Name.


Molly Campbell

Molly is a two-time Erma Bombeck award winning writer. She hosts her own intelligent and funny blog, www.mollydcampbell.com, as well as writing for the popular international web site “Moms Who Need Wine.”


Barbara Cerny

Author Barbara T. Cerny grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, which at that time was a small town of 30,000 people. She left that little burg to see the world, garner three college degrees, and to serve in the US Army. After eight years on active duty and fourteen years in the reserves, she retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2007. While deployed to the Middle East in 2005, Ms. Cerny finally figured out she had to get going on the real love of her life, writing. She wrote her first two novels during that time and hasn’t stopped. Online at https://barbaracernybooks.wordpress.com/.


Ed Davis

A native West Virginian, Ed Davis is a novelist, poet, and educator. His newest novel, The Psalms of Israel Jones, a father-son journey toward spiritual redemption, was published by West Virginia University Press in September 2014. Online at DavisEd.com.


Ann Hagedorn

Ann Hagedorn is the award-winning author of The Invisible Soldiers and four previous books: Wild Ride, Ransom, Beyond the River, and Savage Peace, and has been a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News and San Jose Mercury News. She has taught writing at Northwestern University‘s Medill School of Journalism, Columbia University‘s Graduate School of Journalism, Xavier University, and Miami University. Ann Hagedorn’s latest book The Invisible Soldiers tells the urgent story of the privatization of America’s national security and the dramatic rise of a bold new industry of private security contractors. Online at AnnHagedorn.com.


Katrina Kittle

Katrina was born in Illinois but has lived in the Dayton area since first grade, (except for her Year as a Gypsy). She taught high school English and theatre at Centerville High School for five years, and she taught middle school English and theatre at the Miami Valley School for six. Katrina is the author of Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, and The Kindness of Strangers, and The Blessings of the Animals, all with HarperPerennial. She’s online at KatrinaKittle.com.



Alex Kundera

Alex Kudera has survived a decade of adjunct-teaching overloads but in some circles is better known for his mysterious injuries. He has bussed dishes in two countries and loitered in bookstores on several continents. A lifelong Philadelphian until fall 2007, Alex currently teaches literature and writing at Clemson University in South Carolina. Fight for Your Long Day is his first published novel.


P. Andrew Miller

Short story and sci-fi author, P. Andrew Miller teaches creative writing at Northern Kentucky University and also Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati. Online at PAndrewMiller.com.


Rebecca Morean

Rebecca Morean is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and screenwriter. Her work has appeared in Salon, Sundial Press, The Tishman Review, The Lost Coast Review, Piker Press, Ploughshares, Kalliope, Bella and more, and her novels are with St. Martin’s Press, Avignon Press, Escape Publishing (AU), Roundfire Books (UK), and Breese Books (UK). She teaches English composition and creative writing at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. She’s online at RAMorean.com.


Sharon Short

Sharon Short is the author of the novel My One Square Inch of Alaska (Penguin Plume) in which a pair of siblings escape the strictures of the 1950s industrial Ohio town on the adventure of a lifetime. Sharon is the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News and is the Executive Director of the renowned Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is part of a fiction manuscript consulting group, “The Write Sisters.” She’s online at SharonShort.com.


Suzanne Kelly

Suzanne Kelly is the author of the novel, Stolen Child, an Irish American coming of age story set on the eve of the election of John F. Kennedy. You can find her on Facebook.


David Lee Garrison

David Lee Garrison was born in Bremerton, Washington. He earned his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University, taught Spanish and Portuguese at Wright State University from 1979 to 2009, and is now retired. Garrison’s poems have appeared widely in journals such as Connecticut Review, Poem, and Rattle, and also in several anthologies. Two poems from his book, Sweeping the Cemetery, were read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, and one was included in Keillor’s Good Poems, American Places. The title poem from his book, Playing Bach in the D. C. Metro, was featured by Ted Kooser on his website, American Life in Poetry.


Many thanks to the Wright Memorial Library for hosting such a great event!

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