"I am the step that creaks/The window that slams shut/I am the one rough spot/on the smooth broom handle..."
Michelle McEwen, featured poet/storyteller and author of Delicious Dangerous (a poetry chapbook published by Didi Menendez for the Mipoesias Chapbook series in 2010), has had work published in numerous online and print journals including: Poets/Artists, Umbrella Journal, Big City Lit, The Caribbean Writer, Naugatuck River Review, and in the anthologies: The Best New Poets 2007 and Woman’s Work (a short story anthology). One of her poems, “Sucker”, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Also, she was the winner of the 2010 echapbook contest for her collection of flash fiction titled "Trouble" which can be found here:
When she isn’t busy writing, she’s busy reading, running, and raising her two sons Zion and Justice.
I love back-stories and when I am reading an author's back-story or a musician's back-story, I can't help but to be inspired; I can't help but to want to create something. Also, family stories always set my creative sparks off.
I write because I can't help it.
I love Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Jamaica Kincaid, Bessie Head, Sylvia Plath, Paul Siegell, Melissa McEwen, Lyn Lifshin, Al young, Jane Austen, Fyodor D., Thomas Hardy, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Rhys, Colette, Katherine Mansfield, Alice Munro, and Louise Gluck.
Favorite books: Sister Carrie, Crime & Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot, Jude the Obscure, Summer (by Edith Wharton) and oh there are too many to list...
Hi Michelle. Let's write! We've got to keep it going...
Just want to say that I just read your story "Clay Women" at "This Literary Magazine" and simply drooled over it. (Even though the story I was thinking about subbing to them had numbered paras and I can't now!) But that's a minor item. The main item is that your story was so, so, so good that I said Hallelujah instead of Dammit. I'll come back later and read the stories you have posted here. Just wanted to tell you while it was fresh in my mind and heart.
Michelle, thank you for what you wrote about my "Soliloquy on Ma"--I am so honored re: the "Girls" reference—and thanks re: “the writing bug.”
thank you for commenting on my story Michelle. I'm glad the title grabbed you, thanks so much.
Thanks, Michelle, for your happy comment on Bedtime Story!
Thanks for the (unprompted) comments on Dirty Mother. As to 'pigmeat woman', Mich - just rippin' off the greats, its what we writer/musicians do . . .
EXACTLY! It really does make me want to write, too, every time I read it. Those three girls not being in the parking lot when he comes out is just brutal and "right."
Hi Michelle, A&P is possibly my favorite short story. Made me want to be a writer. I worked in a grocery store for years by the time I read it. Best ending line ever.
Thanks Maria for your comment. I do appreciate it. :-) Thanks so much for reading.
Hi, Michelle --
Really like the energy and flow your stories have. Looking forward to reading more.
Ha! Thanks, Gary. Your comment made me smile! I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
helluva story, please