Helen Maryles Shankman

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Originally, when I moved to New York to attend art school, I thought I wanted to be an illustrator, to tell stories with paint. A few years later, I discovered that what I really wanted to do was paint with words.

Helen Maryles Shankman lived in Chicago before moving to New York City to attend art school. She is the author of In the Land of Armadillos, a collection of linked stories illuminated with magical realism, following the inhabitants of a small town in 1942 Poland and tracing the troubling complex choices they are compelled to make. The paperback reprint, titled They Were Like Family to Me, is now available at bookstores everywhere.

Her stories have appeared in numerous fine publications, including The Kenyon Review, Cream City Revie
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“When your heart breaks, you can actually feel it, an agonizing stab of pain in a muscle that you know for a fact is just a glorified pump. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, the ordered universe changes, the solid ground beneath your feet becomes a slippery rock. The material world that seemed so safe and solid a moment ago becomes a shifting, ghostly place of shadows and mist. Matters that seemed settled and certain a long ago come suddenly unhinged, and you begin to doubt everything you ever knew to be true.”
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Sketchbook Congrats on being a prize finalist!.


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Helen Dolors wrote: "Honored (and thrilled!) to be your friend, Hellen. Thanks for sending a request. Best wishes from Barcelona! :)"

Thank you for accepting, Dolors! I've been reading your moving and lyrical comments and reviews for so long, I can't believe we haven't been friends for all these years!


message 10: by Dolors

Dolors Honored (and thrilled!) to be your friend, Hellen. Thanks for sending a request. Best wishes from Barcelona! :)


message 9: by Helen

Helen Oh, that's so nice! Thank you, Kris! I look forward to it too!


message 8: by Kris

Kris Helen, thank you so much for the friend request! I'm delighted to accept it, and look forward to many good discussions with you, including in the Buddenbrooks group. :)


message 7: by Helen

Helen Jessica--just to be perfectly clear---you use Garamond for manuscripts that you send to your editors and publishers?


message 6: by Helen

Helen No. Just for the usual stuff, words in foreign languages, or for emphasis.


Jessica you're not using italic for the whole ms., are you? that wouldn't be good.


message 4: by Helen

Helen Really? It would be great if I didn't have to change it. Thanks for the note, Jessica. Big help.


message 3: by Jessica (last edited Aug 19, 2011 09:33AM)

Jessica Helen, I couldn't help seeing your comments on my feed about Times New Roman vs. Garamond... I wouldn't think it matters. Garamond is a much nicer typeface and isn't so wildly different from standard Times. I'm one for visual effect...there's an elegance to Garamond. My 2c. (unasked for, I know!)


message 2: by Helen

Helen Sketchbook wrote: "Great comment by you to Paul on the 'secret institution.'"

Thanks! I actually thought he was quoting from a book he was writing!


Sketchbook Great comment by you to Paul on the 'secret institution.'


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