Cultural Writing. Essays. GOSSIP is a collection of personal essays that covers themes from a woman's life, ranging from love magic to marriage, old boyfriends to solitude. At the age of fifty, the author learns to shoot a gun for the first time and confront fear. There are essays here on on language and meaning--including ethical wills, blessings, and credos. And memoirs that chart a course including young widowhood, raising a child, a re-union with a high school boyfriend, re-marriage, and ventures into middle age. As Laurie Wagner says: "Sagan is writer whose obsessive ability to observe the ordinary details of domestic life--the nuance of motherhood, marriage and friendship--allow her to lift the veil on the mundane, the things we take for granted, to reveal their more sacred properties. Reading these stories reminded me that I don't have to go far to find beauty and magic in my life, that it might be waiting for me in a simple bowl of mole."
Miriam Sagan is the author of 30 published books, including BEASTS (Red Mountain Press, 2020), A HUNDRED CUPS OF COFFEE (Tres Chicas Books, 2019), BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE (Red Mountain Press, 2019), GOSSIP (Tres Chicas Books, 2007), THE WIDOW'S COAT (Ahsahta Press, 2002), Black Rainbow (Sherman Asher, 2015), and Geographic: A Memoir of Time and Space (Casa de Snapdragon), which won the 2016 Arizona/New Mexico Book Award in Poetry. She founded and headed the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement in 2016. She has been a writer in residence in four national parks, at Yaddo, MacDowell, Colorado Art Ranch, Andrew's Experimental Forest, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Iceland's Gullkistan Residency for creative people, and another dozen or so remote and unique places. She is recently returned from Kura Studio, Itoshima, Japan, where she was working on text installations as part of the creative team "Maternal Mitochondria." Her awards include the Santa Fe Mayor's award for Excellence in the Arts, the Poetry Gratitude Award from New Mexico Literary Arts, and a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa.Author City: Santa Fe, NM USA