"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Archive for August, 2016

Daily Prompt <3 Facing the Past in Order to Heal

16 August 2016

Many nations with atrocities in their past—Germany, Rwanda, South Africa—prominently recognize their painful history with memorials, museums, and monuments. This kind of trutful recognition, acknowledgement, helps with healing.

We have yet to do that in the United States. As Jessica Leber writes in the linked article below, “Even today, the nation is largely silent about one of its historical periods of shame: the thousands of lynchings that terrorized southern blacks right up until the Civil Rights era.”

We can do this, y’all. We can be brave enough to face our own nightmares. We have to, if we are, as a nation, going to heal and come together. 

“The Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama organization led by civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson, has, for the last few years, been working to place historical markers at lynching sites all around the country. At TED’s conference this week, the group showed a sneak preview of plans for a new national memorial to the victims of lynching that they hope to break ground on some time this year in Montgomery, Alabama.

“In America, we’re not free. We are burdened by a history of racial inequality and injustice. It compromises us. It constrains us,” says Stevenson. “We have to create a new relationship with this history.”

Make art about facing, acknowledging, being accountable for, hard truths about the past.

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Read here about a new building project designed to break this national silence.

This Stunning National Memorial Would Recognize America’s Legacy of Lynchings

So Excited and Grateful! Readings Upcoming This Fall!

Grateful to some generous lovely people for hosting readings for my crazy lil prose poems 🙂 Upcoming readings this fall,  from A Little Blood, A Little Rain (FutureCycle Press 2016), Trailer Park Oracle (Kelsay Books 2016), and The Night I Heard Everything (FutureCycle Press 2015).

August 13 – Scott Depot, WV, Hosted by Mary Imo and John Stike

October 1 – Heritage Village, Calhoun County Park, Grantsville, WV, Hosted by Lisa Hayes Minney

October 19 – Longwood University Writers Reading Series, Farmville VA

October 26 – Waterbean Reading Series, Waterbean Coffee, NorthCross Shopping Center 9705 Sam Furr Rd., Ste A, Huntersville, NC

December 5 – Readings on Roslyn, Winston Salem, NC, Hosted by Kathryn Milam

 

Grateful especially to these generous hosts, and to the publishers who made these books possible ❤

Diane Kistner, Robert S. King, and all the great folks at FutureCycle Press

and

Karen Kelsay Davies, Editor of all All Things at Kelsay Books and Aldrich Press

Please check out their whole beautiful catalogs!

If you’re interested in hosting a reading or event, please contact me at carrollhackettma@gmail.com  

Daily Prompt Love! <3 Mountains, and Mystery, and Music–Oh My! :-)

 

13 August 2016

Headed off to wild and wonderful West Virginia for a reading. Driving through these amazing Appalachian mountains always fills me with such awe.

Make art about the mysteries felt in mountains.

WV aug 2016

14 August 2016

Road Angel named Bay, a very large beautiful young man working as a cashier in a roadside stop, his smile like a bright bright beacon, caught me doing a lil dance in the aisle to the BeeGees piping in overhead. He grinned and immediately started dancing too 😀 So we finished out Stayin Alive while I paid 🙂

Make art about dancing with strangers. 🙂

dancing with strangers

15 August 2016

Feeling this this morning, the music.

Some days I catch a rhythm, almost a song/in my own breath”~Philip Levine

Make art about the music you hear, in anything, in everything.

music in everything

Monday Must Read! Pamela Duncan: Moon Women

 

Pam_Duncan_MHLF_2011This week meet Pamela Duncan! Novelist Pamela Duncan was born in Asheville and grew up in Black Mountain, Swannanoa, and Shelby, North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She lives in Cullowhee, North Carolina and teaches creative writing atWestern Carolina University.

Her first novel, Moon Women, was a Southeastern Booksellers Association (now Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Award Finalist, and her second novel, Plant Life, won the 2003 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. She is the recipient of the 2007 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South, awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her third novel, The Big Beautiful, was published in March 2007. An excerpt from Pam’s current novel-in-progress, The Wilder Place, can be heard here: http://www.pameladuncan.com/the_wilder_place__a_novel_in_progress__80970.htm

Visit Pam’s Website

http://www.pameladuncan.com/

Buy Pam’s Beautiful Books

Moon Women

https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Women-Pamela-Duncan/dp/0440236487

Plant Life

https://www.amazon.com/Plant-Life-Pamela-Duncan/dp/0385335261/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

The Big Beautiful

http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/43755/the-big-beautiful-by-pamela-duncan/9780385338387/

Excerpts, Interviews, & Reviews

Moon Women

http://www.pameladuncan.com/moon_women_15139.htm

Plant Life

http://www.pameladuncan.com/plant_life_15138.htm

The Big Beautiful

http://www.pameladuncan.com/the_big_beautiful_52887.htm

More About Pam Online

Publishers Weekly

http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-385-33518-8

Fantastic Fiction

https://www.fantasticfiction.com/d/pamela-duncan/plant-life.htm

BookPage

https://bookpage.com/reviews/2902-pamela-duncan-plant-life#.V7GuHfkrLDc

IndyWeek

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/pamela-duncan/Content?oid=1181965

Hear Pam Read

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrkiaeMdTEg

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

Friday Call for Submissions Love! Two Hawks Quarterly

One of my favorite journals!

TWO HAWKS QUARTERLY is an online journal affiliated with Antioch University Los Angeles’s BA program in creative writing and is setting the bar for contemporary literature with bold and illuminating poetry, fiction, CNF, and experimental work.

Submissions accepted year-round.

For guidelines seewww.twohawksquarterly.com.

 

 

 

Daily Prompt Love! <3 Cooking and What Woke You :-)

 

11 August 2016

Spent all day canning and preserving food. Always takes me back into the company of all those over time who did this before me, especially the women who taught me, as a child, to can and put up food for the winter.

Make art about food as heritage.

child cooking

12 August 2016

Was abruptly awakened by a crow at the window, informing me—loudly–that the suet cages needed filling 🙂

Make art about being awakened suddenly.

crow

Daily Prompt Love <3 What's in the Water

10 August 2016

Woke up hearing this song. One of my favorites. 

Make art about where God is. Or about casting out a line into the darkness. 

 

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