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A multi-genre, multicultural anthology of poetry, stories, creative nonfiction, and letters, written by 52 outstanding voices in contemporary American literature. The selections are gutsy, humorous, and lyrical. Section I, Call Me, Even if You're Happy, recounts the difficult task of mothers bidding farewell to their daughters: feeling apprehensive, yet proud to have raised young women who can fend for themselves. Section II, Hello, Mother, Goodbye, offers tender reflections on leaving home, as well as stories about caring for aging mothers, about grieving and healing, and about adoption. Contributors: Betty Adcock, Deedee Agee, Lauren K. Alleyne, Maggie Anderson, Jeanette Cabanis-Brewin, Corinna Lynette Byer, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Andree Chedid, Marilyn Chin, Lucille Clifton, Judy Pfau Cochran, Moira Crone, Rita Dove, Janice Eidus, Diane Gilliam, Alice Friman, Tereze Gluck, Sarah Gorham, Joy Harjo, Brenda Hillman, Colette Inez, Jessie L. Janeshek, Allison Joseph, Marilyn Kallet, Meg Kearney, Jamaica Kincaid, Renee Linkhorn, Linda Parsons Marion, Libby Martinez, Rebecca McClanahan, Lauren McCollum, Pat Mora, Sharon Olds, Rainy Dawn Ortiz, Alicia Ostriker, Linda Pastan, Rochelle Ratner, Hilda Raz, Paulette Roeske, Nelly Sachs, Sonia Sanchez, Pamela Schoenewaldt, Barbara Selfridge, Nonie Selfridge Sparks, Katherine Smith, Gloria Vando, Ingrid Wendt, J. Patrice Whetsell, Dede Wilson, Lillian Elaine Wilson, Cecilia Woloch, and Barbara Zimmerman.
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Cover design: Tim Barnhart. Cover art: Suzanne Stryk. Little Wing, 2005. Acrylic and mixed media on birch panel.About the Author:
Kathryn Stripling Byer's fifth poetry collection is Coming to Rest (LSU Press, 2006). Her work has appeared in journals ranging from The Atlantic Monthly to Appalachian Heritage; and has received numerous literary and academic honors from the Academy of American Poets, National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship of Southern Writers, and others. She was appointed Poet Laureate of North Carolina in 2005. Marilyn Kallet is the author of fourteen books, including Circe After Hours, Poetry (BkMk Press, 2005) and Last Love Poems of Paul Edward, translations (Black Widow Press, 2006). She co-edited Sleeping With One Eye Open: Women Writers and the Art of Survival. She holds a Lindsay Young Professorship in English at the University of Tennessee, where she directed the creative writing program from 1986-2003.
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