I wrote the essay, "A Geography of Grief," many years ago, a few months after my first husband died from a brain tumor, and it is still one of my favorites of all the essays I have written. It was originally published in Hippocampus Magazine, was recently included in the Grief Becomes You anthology, and now is featured on the gratefulness.org site. You can find the essay here.
In early 2019, I saw a call for submissions for an anthology about grief. That, I thought, was right up my alley. I reached out to the editor, Maya Stein, and eventually submitted a couple pieces for consideration. After much hard work on Maya's part, Grief Becomes You is now a beautiful testament to grief and loss in book form. Through compiled poems, essays, and photographs, our many narratives and experiences of grief are explored. You can learn more about the Grief Becomes You project here and you can purchase a copy (both digital and print copies are available) here.
I'm pleased to announce that I have a poem, "Scaffolding," and a slightly different version of my previous essay, "A Geography of Grief," forthcoming in Maya Stein's new anthology, Grief Becomes You. To learn more about the project, visit Maya's site here.
I'm pleased to have a flash nonfiction piece, Ischemia, published in Issue #93 March/April 2019 of Hippocampus. It delves into widowhood, cold water, and the fickleness of the circulatory system.
Last month, I was thrilled to be featured in the January 2019 issue of Brain Injury Hope Magazine, which highlighted their 2019 Hope Heroes (I was honored to be selected as one) and featured essays from brain injury survivors and caregivers who are making an impact on the brain injury community. You can read the issue here and find more about the Brain Injury Hope Network on their website.
I'm pleased to have my poem, "Adirondack Upland Flora" published as SWWIM's poem of the day today. You can read the poem here.
My latest essay, a bit of a love story about the marsh behind my old house, was published today on Catapult. This one was a challenging piece to write, but I'm so glad to have it out in the world. Even though I recently moved, that marsh will forever be part of my life and my memories.
I'm pleased to have another essay published with the Washington Post's On Parenting section, this one a letter to my dead husband juxtaposed with the building of a new family.
This is an emotional time, with Father's Day fast approaching, as well as the birth of my second daughter right around the corner. You can read "Dear Dead Husband" here.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and I wrote this essay/article to tell folks about my history with brain injury, provide some brain injury statistics, and discuss resources for those in Maine who have suffered a concussion, stroke, or other brain injury, including the upcoming 2017 Maine Brain Injury Resource Fair. While many people know that I am a writer, my day job is working as a brain injury advocate and educator here in Maine. I have an intimate history with brain injury, both from my days playing soccer (before we knew that concussions were cumulative) and as a caregiver for my late husband, Steve. I am grateful every day to be able to make a difference in the lives of Maine brain injury survivors, families, and the professionals supporting them. You can find more information about brain injury resources and supports in Maine through the Brain Injury Association of America's Maine Chapter here.
Sarah Kilch Gaffney lives and writes on a little piece of land in Maine.