The Year in Review

I walked 2,120 miles give or take a few. I was walking as if my life depended upon it. Sometimes I broke into running, the beat to move forward was so strong, as if one of my flock was going to plunge off a cliff if I didn’t catch her. I pissed off my daughter fewer than five times, an improvement over my past record. I pissed off my son once and badly, and so the improvement with my daughter was erased by my poor showing with my son … more at Supersition Review


Someone Called Mother (audio)

Hear Jill Talbot and me (sounding a bit like Vanessa Redgrave in Call the Midwife) read Someone Called Mother.

Someone Called Mother

Icouldn’t be more pleased to share this collaborative essay I’ve written with my friend Jill Talbot.


Marcia Aldrich | Jill Talbot | Longreads | March 2019 | 12 minutes (3,201 words)

Interested in more by Jill Talbot and Marcia Aldrich? Read their collaborative essay, Trouble.

She was old when she had me, or so I thought. She had given birth to two daughters in her twenties during her first marriage. Then her husband died unexpectedly and the period of being a single mother began. Her hair began to turn gray and a red rash ran down the middle of her face, a rash of grief. Eventually she met my father, married, and the rash disappeared. Some years later I arrived when she was 40. Twelve years separated me from my sisters.

Now, when women wait longer to have children, aided by infertility treatments and surrogacy options, my mother wouldn’t seem old at all. She wouldn’t be an outlier. But when I was growing up, my…

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Kyoko Mori

Does Gender Matter? For the AWP Panel, 2017 I spent the first part of my adulthood—my twenties and thirties—running, cycling, lifting weights, and playing basketball with a bunch of men while the o…

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Jericho Parms

“On Puddling”: The List Essay as Form Writing is often an inelegant process of trial and error, which for me tends to manifest in small bursts, paragraphs, vignettes, or in a list-like,…

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Assay Interviews Marcia Aldrich, editor of Waveform: Twenty-First-Century Essays by Women

Edited by Marcia Aldrich, Waveform: Twenty-First-Century Essays by Women is now available from the University of Georgia Press. At Assay, we were delighted to have the opportunity to ask Aldrich qu…

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