Breena Clarke

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Breena Clarke's third novel, ANGELS MAKE THEIR HOPE HERE, will be published in July, 2014. Breena is the author of two historical novels set in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Her debut novel, RIVER, CROSS MY HEART (1999) was an October 1999 Oprah Book Club selection. Clarke’s critically reviewed second novel, STAND THE STORM is set in mid-19th century Washington, D.C. and was chosen by the Washington Post Book Review as one of 100 best for 2008. Breena Clarke is co-author with Glenda Dickerson of the play "Re/Membering Aunt Jemima: A Menstrual Show" and is an advisor to the board of A Room Of Her Own Foundation. She is on the fiction faculty of The Stonecoast MFA program at The University of Southern Maine. Her short ficti ...more

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Breena Clarke I usually answer this question by saying that I don't experience this state. I have not yet gotten to a place where all words fail me. Since I really,…moreI usually answer this question by saying that I don't experience this state. I have not yet gotten to a place where all words fail me. Since I really, really enjoy reading, I usually read the work of some of the many writers whose work I admire and I keep rooting around to discover new writing. I also go out and about on public transport or out to the food court at the mall and watch people and I record what I see and think. Next thing I know some new idea comes alive. Writing happens all the time. (less)
Breena Clarke I suppose the best thing about being a writer is writing. Often I feel like pinching myself to consider my good fortune in being able to practice a vo…moreI suppose the best thing about being a writer is writing. Often I feel like pinching myself to consider my good fortune in being able to practice a vocation that is so deeply, personally satisfying. I have always genuinely admired and enjoyed people who write books. I love being in that club.(less)
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River, Cross My Heart

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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tovah Bailey

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tovah Bailey is a small, meditative book, a memoir of illness and observation. The reader is introduced to a tiny mollusk and its perambulations inside the author's room for recuperation from an undiagnosed disease. The reader is carried along at a comparable, snail-like pace, a slow, steady movement of words as the tin Read more of this blog post »
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“Only a teaspoon of self-pity, girl. Every day give yourself a teaspoonful, but only a teaspoonful. Fill it up full, but only once! Don’t let yourself have more. You can’t live off it. But just a bit of it is like a tonic.”
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“Try more things. Cross some lines.”
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“But comes a time for a woman when she stops thinking of herself as a girl, as a person of possibilities. She starts looking at the plain facts of herself. Her body that’s become the body that she has and her habits becoming the habits that she’s written in stone. Her “haves” being the ones she’s got and maybe not getting anymore.”
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“I LIKE WHAT THE DANCER MARTHA GRAHAM ONCE said, that each of us is unique and if we didn’t exist something in the world would have been lost. I wonder, then, why we are so quick to conform—and what the world has lost because we have. William Blake said about Jesus that he was “all virtue and acted from impulse, not from rules.” If we are to be like him, aren’t we to speak and move and do, to act upon the world and take new ground from the forces that work against our unique genius and beauty? What if part of God’s message to the world was you? The true and real you?”
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