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More good essay: Amy Gigi Alexander

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Amy Gigi Alexander, travel writer, explorer, has her own way with words.  She’s been living an adventurer’s life around the world and off the beaten track, and now she’s telling the rest of us what happened in a series of tight essays she puts up on her website.

But she has another talent, too, that of bringing divergent voices together, introducing people one to the other, in a series she calls Conversations, and, somehow, all our lives seem to improve as a result.

This essay is from Lonely Planet.  The intrepid adventurer is bitten by a dog and gives herself stitches.

An Innocent Abroad: El Clavo by Amy Gigi Alexander

Amy’s Site

 

Kelly Sundberg has a way with words

One the the best things about my 2014 was a group on FB for women writers called Binders, and, in particular, its offshoot group of essayists.  There, I’ve discovered the extraordinary talents of Karrie Higgins, Sonya Huber, Jen Pastiloff and Amy Gigi Alexander, among others.  Colour me grateful.

But this is really a blog post about my discovery of Kelly Sundberg, a writer whose wisdom has the deep purple of new bruise, but also enriches, educates, heals.  She’s literary, sophisticated, and smart as tacks.  Plus, you can warm your hands on her style.

Here she is at her finest:

It Will Look Like a Sunset

And here she is today, on her blog, answering a woman who wrote to her about battering:

On Telling Our Stories

“In divorces, the common mantra is It takes two. This is generally true, but I see people saying the same thing about abuse, and no, it does not take two. Abuse takes only one. And because of that, there are sides in abusive situations, and anyone who truly supports the victim will be willing to take a side, will be willing to eliminate contact with the abusive person, and anyone who thinks that it is “immature” or “petty” of me to say that does not understand abusers. Anyone who thinks that it is okay to remain in contact with an abuser does not understand that the abuser takes silence as permission, that their silence empowers the abuser, and that the person who remains in contact with the abuser (assuming they have not taken a stand directly to the abuser, and let’s face it, if they have taken that stand, then the abuser would have dropped them already) becomes complicit in the abuse. I wholly believe this. It is a controversial view. Our culture thrives on neutrality, glorifies neutrality…”

 

 

20 Residencies to Rock Your Writing World

Via Amy Gigi Alexander and The Write Life comes this great list of writers’ residencies.  Happy applications!

Also, it should be said that if I were a writer or visual artist starting out, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center would be where I would want to end up for a 7-month residency.

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