Monthly Archives: August 2011

PICK YOUR BATTLES WISELY: LIFE LESSONS APPLIED TO WRITING

Last weekend I walked away from a guy trying to start a fight with me.  I wasn’t scared; I wasn’t outnumbered; I wasn’t tired, sick, or recently injured.  I was doing what was the smart thing to do: avoid confrontation … Continue reading

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REMEMBERING WENDY BABCOCK: A LETTER AND A POEM

August 12, 2011 Dear Wendy, As I write this letter I’m listening to Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley.  It’s what you believed and did. I remember meeting you at a meeting for the first Reclaim The Streets rally … Continue reading

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SHOWING UP PART 2: HUMBLE TIPS ON WRITING

A couple of days ago I wrote about Showing Up.  It’s a concept that has been on my mind for a while.  I relate it to commitment.  After challenging someone last year who was in a position of power and … Continue reading

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SHOWING UP

An interview I saw on TV two days ago with a former gangster has sparked lots of contemplation in me the last couple of days.  The interviewee had brown skin like me, a colonial name like me, and was in … Continue reading

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KURDISH WRITER AVA HOMA READS FROM “ECHOES FROM THE OTHER LAND”

Meeting Ava Homa to tape her reading from her collection of short stories Echoes from the Other Land was fun.  We chatted literature, publishing, writing, and of course, reading.  Coffee, sun, and laughter filled a two hour session.   Enjoy … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH KURDISH WRITER AVA HOMA

Ava Homa is author of Echoes from the Other Land  which was just nominated for the the world’s largest short story award: 2011 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Ava is a Kurdish-Canadian, writer-in-exile, with two Masters’ degrees one in English and Creative Writing, … Continue reading

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ECHOES FROM THE OTHER LAND (STORIES) BY AVA HOMA

Echoes from the Other Land (Stories) By Ava Homa Review by May Lui Reading the stories in Echoes from the Other Land, I found myself absorbing and learning perspectives and realities that are both similar and very different from the … Continue reading

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