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Melanie Conroy-Goldman

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Melanie Conroy-Goldman is the author of The Likely World, a novel to be published by Red Hen Press in 2020. A Professor of Creative Writing at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, she was a founding director of the Trias Residency for Writers. Her fiction has been published in Southern Review, StoryQuarterly, in anthologies from Morrow and St. Martin’s and online at venues such as McSweeneys.net. She also volunteers at a maximum security men’s prison with the Cornell Prison Education Program. Her work is represented by Bill Clegg at the Clegg Agency. She lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband, daughter and step-daughters.

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Melanie Conroy-Goldman The girls descended the old stone staircase at dusk. At dawn, three old women reached the final step.
Melanie Conroy-Goldman My littlest girl is twelve, and right now, she's really angry that there's no magic in our universe. I remember the exact same feeling. Two days ago, …moreMy littlest girl is twelve, and right now, she's really angry that there's no magic in our universe. I remember the exact same feeling. Two days ago, we happened to be at this wonderful state park at dusk. It's full of old stonework left over from the WPA, and crumbling shale and there were no other people around. It felt just like the magical worlds we've read about, and it was hard to get her to leave. She hates hiking! I love magic door/wardrobe/gateway stories, and I think it doesn't matter which universe is on the other side, so long as it has a touch of terror and plenty of magic. I like the Neil Gaiman ones, Neverwhere and Stardust, though I probably wouldn't want to go to the former. I like the uncanny ones your slip in and out of, like in China Mieville's The City and the City, and I remain entranced by Earthsea. Two other weird worlds that have stayed with me are Joan Aiken's wolf-plagued English countryside and Diana Lynne Jones' Chrestomanci universes. So, good thing I don't have to decide, right?(less)
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In connection with the Red Hen Press authors’ reading at Politics and Prose bookstore, I made a batch of aphrodisiac cookies, using 3 (or 4) known love-enhancing ingredients. Now, an aphrodisiac is not like viagra. It’s not about pure libido. Instead, it’s mean to inspire love and passion in the particular person to whom the philter/potion/ingredients are fed.





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From the first, Raven Leilani's debut, Luster, grips you with its world-weary, yet somehow fragile protagonist, the 'office slut' and one of two Black women working at the children's imprint of a publishing house. She's just beg
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