The Normative Gaze In Fiction

In October, I attended the fabulous Sirens Conference in Stevenson, Washington, which consisted of two amazing days of programming with all sorts of interesting panelists and a lot of great discussions. Both inside specific programming and in casual conversations in the lobby and elsewhere about the lodge where we stayed, I came away with a […]

Writing the Other

In the constant fight to improve representation of minorities in fiction, performance, and other media, the concept of writing the other often comes up; the media are dominated by people who have certain social advantages, and they’re the ones writing the representations, for the most part. Which means that one way to increase representations is […]

Challenged Authors: Judy Blume

Judy Blume has landed herself quite a double-header of fame: She’s probably one of the most famous authors for middle grade readers[1. US readers: Who read at least one Judy Blume book while in elementary or middle school? Raise your hands!] and she’s also one of the most challenged authors of the 20th century. She […]

Pens and Me

My life-long love affair with office supplies began the day I sat next to the stage manager at the first read-through of Merry Wives of Windsor and she pulled out a massive script binder and a bin with a formidable array of highlighters, pens, and sticky notes. As we read, she highlighted and noted and […]