My best friend; my life-long mentor and biggest advocate: "I love this earth. I don't want to leave it."
And she fought very hard not to leave it, to the very end, early yesterday morning.
Her reverence for this earth and genuine awe at all its wonders, and all of the nuances of the natural world, in its lights and shadows... she evoked in her painting and drawings.
Here, one of my favorite pictures of her – sketching on a trip we took to Italy together in 1996. I was sketching along side her in the next doorway. I remember the scratch of our pens as we were sketching the same street view, trying to capture it before it began to rain.
Mom. Mommy. You have left my heart broken. But I know where to seek you: in the all the moods of the sky. Because every time I look up and see the sky in all its changing colors, I will hear you exclaim: "Oh just look at that! Look!"
- writer/author/editor/professor of writing
Author of Blue Glass, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and After Lydia, both published by Harcourt Brace; awarded BA from Amherst College and MFA in writing from Columbia University; professor of creative writing on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including at Columbia University, (NY), Wesleyan University (CT), and Manhattanvill College, (NY); served as assistant editor at Ploughshares and The Paris Review literary magazines, and production freelancer for Glamour, Self, and Vogue magazines; freelance editor; Stony Brook University’s national annual fiction contest judge; a 2013 BlogHer.com Voices of the Year
Editor-in-Chief of The Woven Tale Press magazine, an eclectic culling of the creative web: http://thewoventalepress.net
- Columbia UniversityMFA in Writing
- Amherst CollegeBA in English/writing