Publication News: Two Forthcoming Anthologies
First of all, my heartfelt congratulations to Shan, who has taken another big step in her career as a writer. Her essay "The Mommy Wars Killed Our Friendship: Letter to a Former Friend" has been accepted for publication in an anthology tentatively titled Girl Talk: 25 Open Letters to Our Female Friends, due in October from Seal Press. Shannon blogs about it here.
Meanwhile, one of my poems is included in a new anthology now available for pre-order from Kent State University Press ($29.95). The anthology, edited by St. Olaf alum Holly Hughes, is titled Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer's Disease. My poem, "Fudgesicle," is about the aphasia—the inability to remember words and the loss of speech—that my father suffered as part of a degenerative disease called progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). The symptoms of PSP, such as aphasia, are often confused with those of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseases. My father died of the disease in 2005.