Archive for the ‘In Print’ Category

I am so grateful to Funny Pearls for giving a home to my spelling bee nerd essay, Forsooth and Forsythia,along with a school photo from circa 1970.

Thanks to The RavensPerch for publishing When the World Was a Grocery Store.” This essay is a blend of family history with the history of a Philadelphia neighborhood from the 1930s through the early 1960s. By happy coincidence, this piece about my mother’s family was published on her birthday.

Best news ever, for me, as a writer: I have a memoir-in-essays forthcoming (2023) with Shanti Arts Publishing. “Mischief & Metaphors: Essaying a Life” will include 26 essays. The best part? The book will also feature a dozen or so beautiful works of art by my mother, Rose Marie Cunniffe. My personal essays and her abstract paintings/collages/drawings were each created to stand on their own. We have had great fun finding ways to “pair” our respective (and retrospective) works of art. Rosie (a.k.a. “the Artist Formerly Known as Mom”) describes her work as “lyrical landscapes.” I feel more comfortable describing my work as a collection of essays rather than a memoir. Or maybe it is a memoir, with “some assembly required” by the reader. Stay tuned…

Delighted that my micro-essay “Sheer Coincidence” was featured in Paragraph Planet on March 9, 2022. Some stories can be told in (exactly, including the title) 75 words.

I am so pleased that “Suburban Soundscape, April 2020” has been reprinted in the gorgeous Summer 2021 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly. The theme for the issue is “The Art of Isolation: Finding a Silver Lining in the Pandemic Response.” A year after I wrote this essay, I take solace, and discover newfound joy, in walking around my neighborhood, as the masks come off and we begin to see each other’s faces again.

So glad my essay “Happy Groundhog Day” found a home in the May 2021 issue of The Mark Literary ReviewAs a Pennsylvanian, I’ve always had a soft spot for the goofy festivities of February 2. But in 2005, the date took on new meaning for me, and I’ve been quietly marking it ever since as a kind of bonus birthday.

In hindsight, April 2020 seems like an almost impossibly innocent month. “Suburban Soundscape, April 2020” describes how it felt (or at least sounded) in my neighborhood. Thanks to TheRavensPerch for giving this essay a home. If you appreciate this essay, please give it some stars on the website and share it with others you know.

So, this is exciting: My essay “Everything I Need to Know I Am Still Learning from Mary Richards,” first published online in 2016, is now available as a podcast from PenDust Radio, a project of Rivercliff Books & Media. They were good enough to interview me about the story as well.

Honored to have my essay “Bogside Tutorial” published in Global City Review, in an issue with the theme of “Setting the Record Straight.” What began as a travel essay about an unforgettable morning in Northern Ireland now links with the Black Lives Matter movement. Bogside Tutorial

Thrilled to have a travel essay, in the shape of a letter, in Funny Pearls, which publishes humor writing by women. (They say humour, I say potato.) “Dear Santa Fe” is a love letter, but with just a teensy complaint. Dear Santa Fe

Most days I am grateful for public transit. Some days, a little less so. Thanks to Emrys Journal Online/Medium for giving a home to “Honor Among Commuters.” Honor Among Commuters

I’m delighted to have my essay “The Sound of a Flinch” included in the “Neighbors” anthology from Crack the Spine. The neighbors I wrote about have feathers. And they are already angling for fresh hospitality in 2020. Read about the anthology here: Crack the Spine Year Anthology.

One of my favorite moments of 2019 is captured in my flash essay “Shall We Dance?”, published by The RavensPerch. Read it, share it, and if you like it, please give it 5 stars! Shall We Dance?

I am honored to have my essay “Somebody Almost” included in the gorgeous Winter 2019 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly, from Shanti Arts. The theme is “Phenomenal Woman,” and the issue is full of thoughtful writing and beautiful artwork. Read (and download) the digital issue, with bonus links to related material, here, by joining the email list here: Still Point Arts Quarterly, Issue 36; order a print copy here: Still Point Arts Quarterly website.

I am thrilled to have my essay “Stitches in Nine” included in the new anthology from Books by Hippocampus, Air: A Radio Anthology, edited by Donna Tallarico. Launch date: March 27, 2019. My story is about listening to baseball with my grandfather, so it’s perfect that the book launch coincides with the opening of the 2019 baseball season, which promises to be a special one for my Phillies! The book is available here: Air: A Radio Anthology.

“The Writing on the Wall” has been published by The RavensPerch. This is the first piece I’ve written about saying goodbye to my childhood home, but it won’t be the last one, I’m sure. Read it (and rate it and share it, please) here: The Writing on the Wall

“The Granny, the Grocer and the Cobbler” has been published as a featured essay in bioStories. This one is a labor of love, and it went through several revisions before I realized what (who) it really was about. This essay is now archived in Volume 8, Issue 1, p. 164 of bioStories, from 2018: The Granny, the Grocer and the Cobbler

“When the Bough” appears in Emrys Journal Online, published via Medium. Read this lyric essay—a “man (actually, woman) versus nature” reflection—here: When the Bough.

“Special Delivery” appears in the fall 2018 issue of Door Is a Jar. To read this essay, order the journal or the electronic download here: Door Is a Jar website

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