At bosque launch, I read from ‘Neighbors’

At bosque launch, I read from ‘Neighbors’

The support of this community sustains my writing life, and I am grateful On Dec. 6, bosque launched its eighth issue at Bookworks in Albuquerque. What began as a tiny seedling has grown into a rich and committed writing community, and this photo taken at the Bookworks reading shows that. Seated behind me in front is Hilda Raz, poetry editor. On the other side behind me is Jill Root, nonfiction editor. And on the end, next to Jill, is Lynn C. Miller, bosque editor and co-fiction editor with Elisabeth Sharp McKetta (who was not present). We have the perseverance of Lynn C. Miller to thank for the continuation of bosque. Despite the unfortunate death of her co-founder and co-editor, Lisa Lenard-Cook, Lynn persevered to gather the best of editors to keep bosque...

Reading My Work, and Having Fun

Reading My Work, and Having Fun

For International Women’s Month, I joined poet Hilda Raz and novelist Lynn C. Miller for a celebration of women at the Corrales Community Library What fun we had for the International Women’s Month reading at Corrales Community Library on March 13, 2018. The room was packed with poets and writers and friends as poet Hilda Raz, novelist Lynn C Miller and I shared readings from our work. The themes we chose to explore for this monthlong celebration of women were voice and body image. Many thanks to all who were able to join us. But beyond all of that, and the delicious strawberries provided by the library and Edwina, I learned some interesting things about myself. On the edge I am always a bit on edge before one of these readings. I have always steered pretty clear...

Celebrating sisters: Women’s History Month

Celebrating sisters: Women’s History Month

As many of you know from my book Myopia, a memoir, my mother was disabled by an aneurysm at my birth. For the next few years, she was in and out of the hospital for surgeries and forced to take heavy-duty medication that left her sleepy and depressed. My sister was eight years old at the time. Some sisters would have blamed me. After all, she was only eight and very angry at the loss of the mother she had known before I was born. My mother had graduated first in her class in mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1930s. She was a brilliant and talented woman who was suddenly, overnight, no longer engaged in life. But instead of trying to get rid of me or ignore me, my sister embraced me. She turned the love my father was too busy to receive, and my...

Reading at Bookworks on Oct. 15: A Gift

Reading at Bookworks on Oct. 15: A Gift

October 15 was a great reading experience for me upon the Albuquerque debut of Myopia a memoir, where I read chapters from the book, including “An Awfully Hard Man to Kill” and “Lemon Meringue Pie in the Land of Keretaria.” (See photos from the event here.) The audience engaged in some invigorating questions, which is one reason I say Bookworks is a fabulous venue for writers and readers alike. The staff is intelligent, welcoming and supportive, and there is a warm and interested audience. Sadly, so many independent bookstores have vanished. If we wish to keep Bookworks alive and well, we will have to get off our computers and into our cars and actually purchase some books there! They need us as much as we need them. Of course, I want to...

A Successful Book Launch

The book launch for What Survives was very successful! The food was amazing and Lynn and Lynda Miller and Hilda Raz outdid themselves. Thank you, my dear, dear friends. The launch reading was dedicated in loving memory of Lisa Lenard Cook. I wish she could have been there, but her loving presence was felt by all who knew her. I think she may have even told me what to read! Many thanks to all who came. For all those who couldn’t make it on a busy Fourth of July weekend, you can follow my events on this website and join me on another day. The author with her dear friend, Brahna Wilczynski Folks gather to have their books signed. L-R: Hilda Raz, Lynda Miller, author Phyllis M Skoy and Lynn Miller. From left, Lynn Miller, author Phyllis M Skoy and her sister,...

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