Give Me My Ham by Lauren Marie Schmidt

On my first day of service at the Haven House, a transitional housing program for homeless women and children, the social worker put her hand on my shoulder and said, “They’re tough girls, but I think you can handle yourself. Don’t let them scare you away. They might actually like this.” And by “this,” she Read More

PICKETING HOME BY ELLEN MEEROPOL

Originally published in Fired Up! Green Fire Writers   When the picketing started at Glen Echo Amusement Park, I was 14 and my mother wouldn’t let me go. “It’s too dangerous,” she said. “Besides, you have a job.” My family had moved to the suburban Maryland neighborhood called Bannockburn two years earlier. I had my Read More

Listening to Other Voices By Ellen Meeropol

Listening to Other Voices Guest Blogger:  Ellen Meeropol We read for so many reasons – to be entertained, to armchair-travel, to be goosed into other ways of thinking, to learn, to experience lives very different from our own. To expand our world.   We choose our books in many ways too. We browse bookstore and Read More

WORDPEACE by Lori Desrosiers

Guest Blogger: Lori Desrosiers In November, Lori Desrosiers joined a panel of esteemed local editors to discuss publishing in literary journals. During their compelling conversation, Lori mentioned a new venture, Wordpeace (http://wordpeace.co). I invited Lori to tell us more about this important new project, the kind that – in my opinion – we desperately need Read More

Zine Radio: by Margaret Crocker, Smith College

Zine Radio Guest Blogger: Margaret Crocker, Smith College Recently, NPR’s This American Life did a story, called “Freedom Fries,” on women’s voices on the radio — and how This American Life receives correspondence criticizing young female contributors.   According to critics, women’s voices suffer from “vocal fry,” a guttural sound that a voice can make Read More