Just learned that Learning to Heal won a Tillie Olsen Award in Creative Writing. (University of Kent, UK: Awards Committee of the Working-Class Studies Association) Below are some comments from the judges:
“Learning to Heal is the best kind of writing working class studies has to offer: actual workers telling their real-life stories with poetic, authentic, and instructional voices. I laughed, I cried, and I learned a lot as I read. An exceptional view into the inner lives of a too-often overlooked, but crucial, group of workers (mostly women, also, an often-over-looked group) that underlines the incredibly difficult and essential work of giving care to others. This book charts perilous human journeys of both nurses and their patients with grace, humor, empathy, and dignity.”
“A captivating collection of poems and personal stories, in which the work of nursing and the lives of those who undertake it are given voice. Time collapses—the stories don’t follow a chronological order, but instead we see the parallels between experiences, change in a wider context, and the kind of complex class, family, gendered, and racialized relationships that a straight chronology would simplify. The quality and ambition of the poetry is of the highest standard, and the blurring of roles that comes with being both an author and nurse foregrounds the varied trajectories that working lives may take.”
“The breadth of writing is outstanding—as co-editor Jeanne Brynner notes in her introduction, the age span of contributors ranges from recent graduates in their twenties to elders in their nineties. The anthology is also diverse in ‘gender, race, nationality, socioeconomic opportunity, and education,’ thereby sharing a range of experiences and, perhaps, changing and informing perspectives about who a nurse is and what a nurse does. At the same time, the writing is emotionally strong, creatively composed, and an important addition to the literature of ‘what work is.’ Learning to Heal should be required reading in all nursing schools.”
Exciting News! My story, "Mr. Magoo of Nursing School" is included in this forthcoming anthology (September 2018) . Preorders at Kent State University.
Meditation, Based on Luke 10:36-37 will be published in the March-April 2017 issue of The Upper Room.
Short story, "Mr. Magoo of Nursing School" accepted for publication in Student Nurses Anthology. Publication for 2017.
"The Most Beautiful Thing", Urbanite Magazine. May 2010