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INSPIRATION

Eugene Lang Commencement Ceremony

It was such an honor to participate in the beautiful Eugene Lang College 2015 commencement ceremony! And it brought back so many wonderful memories of my time at this amazing school.  Congrats to Stephanie Leone (winner of the Eugene Lang Dean’s Alumni Circle Award) and all The New School Graduates of 2015!          …

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New York City Lights to Florida's Sugar Sand for Love

The first place I ever loved was New York City. I had a very glamorous aunt who lived a fabulous life in a Park Avenue apartment, and from my very first visit, everything about the place—the buildings, the people, the noise, the smells—mesmerized me. As soon as I was old enough to know what I…

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2015 TBBCA Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships

Tampa Bay pals, do you know a talented young writer? I’m thrilled to be judging the Literary Arts entries for the 2015 TBBCA Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships. Charlie was a dear friend and I love being able to honor him by helping a young writer follow his or her dreams.

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Poetry is Power

  Last year, I wrote a guest blog about Brookwood, a St. Petersburg, Florida group home for abused adolescent girls.  I visited with the poetry group (started by a wonderful, giving woman by the name of Jeanne Chase) and had a truly remarkable night talking with these young writers. That visit led to Jeanne Chase…

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Drawn To The Dark

I was drawn to dark and frightening books — much to my parents’ dismay.   I loved to be scared. And my parents never sought to censor what I read; if I could reach a book on their shelf, and decipher the words within, it was mine.  So I read (avidly, voraciously) books wildly inappropriate…

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The Power of Story

The power of story. Last week, I had the opportunity to visit with some terrific young writers who live at Brookwood Florida, a group home for girls, in St. Petersburg.  It was an amazing evening, and an honor to spend time with this funny, smart and talented group of girls. Today, I have shared my…

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Read Women

Before writers are anything, we are readers. Those early books we held in our hands, the ones our parents read to us, they formed us.  And I often think about that as my husband and I, both readers, read each night to our daughter.  Books are such a gift, doorways into other worlds, other minds. …

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Books That Changed My Life

Late last year I was asked to write a piece for The Sun-Herald in Victoria, Australia about the books that changed my life. I have loved so many types of books since I was a child that I found this very difficult – as though I’d been asked to say which people in my life…

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