Conversation with Poet Katharine Whitcomb

I read at Central Washington University recently, as part of the Lion Rock Writers series.  Curator and marvelous poet Katharine Whitcomb interviewed me the next day for the university’s TV station.  Kathy asked great questions about the process of putting together (and revising) Every Dress a Decision, writing about the personal and the political, and the art of performing poetry aloud. You can see the whole interview here: 

Personal vs. Private: Guest blog post from Sheila Bender

Guest blogger Sheila Bender

A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief is Sheila Bender’s moving account of how reading and writing poetry helped her in the months following her son Seth’s sudden death.

As I read it, I found many parallels with my own family’s experience following the death of my brother Michael, and with my own struggles to write out of that experience in a way that might speak to others.

I asked Sheila to tell us how she sees the difference between writing that is personal vs. writing that is private.  Where and how do we draw the line?

Here’s what Sheila had to say: Continue reading “Personal vs. Private: Guest blog post from Sheila Bender”