For the past year and a half, my family has been struggling with the aftermath of long COVID. Last week, I published this essay, Parenting with Long COVID Is the Nightmare No One Talks About, in Tiny Beans. It was a hard topic to explore, but I hope other families affected by Long COVID and other devastating chronic illnesses feel a little less alone when they read it.
The latest issue of my newsletter, The Red Eft, is here! It has a couple summertime recipes, some writing updates and reading recommendations, a science fact from my eldest daughter, and it also features a profile of the wonderful Jena Schwartz, queen of writing prompts and hanging with her adorable English bulldog below.
The latest issue of my newsletter, The Red Eft, is here! It features writer Nick Regiacorte and his new book of poems, American Massif, some writing and volunteer updates, reading recommendations, a handful of rhubarb recipes, and some goat facts from Zoe. You can read the newsletter here.
I'm so happy to have four poems published in Issue 14 of Grist: A Journal for the Literary Arts. My poems "Abridged," "Hermitage," "Hibernal," and "Refrain" just arrived along with tons of wonderful work by other poets and writers.
My latest newsletter has arrived. It features Andrea Lani's forthcoming book, "Uphill Both Ways: Hiking toward Happiness on the Colorado Trail," a tiny cat knitting pattern from Ravelry, some reading recommendations, and more! You can find the newsletter here. Want to receive the newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here.
The folks at Farmer-ish recently reached out to let me know that they were nominating my essay, "Winter Song," for a Maine Literary Award. I'm grateful to them for their belief in the piece. The essay is about a dog, winter memories, and grief, as well as restoration and hope.
Photo credit: Натали Хмельницкая, Unsplash
My November/December 2021 newsletter is here. It includes some new publications, my dear friend and author Carole Starr and her book To Root & To Rise, an epic knitting fail, and some tiger facts from Zoe. You can read it here.
I'm delighted to have an essay in the Winter Solstice Issue of Farmer-ish, Winter Song, which is about our old dog Elsie, grief, and hope for a restorative winter. I'd also encourage you to check out the entire Winter Solstice issue as well as their previous online issues and lovely 2021 print annual, which you can learn more about here.
I recently had a short article included in the Maine Appalachian Trail Club's Maintainer Newsletter through a happy collision of two disparate parts of my life. My first husband Steve and I were volunteer maintainers of a section of the Appalachian Trail on Saddleback Mountain for many years, and shortly before his diagnosis we became lifetime members of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. Since about a year after Steve's death, I have been working as a brain injury advocate and educator. Through this work, I recently was able to follow and highlight Maine stroke survivor Guy Pilote's thru hike of the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness around brain injury. Guy reached Katahdin in October, and I wrote up a little piece for the fall 2021 issue of the Maintainer, which you can find here. You can also download a copy here.
Sarah Kilch Gaffney lives and writes on a little piece of land in Maine.