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09:22 pm: May 1 Salon with Susan Stinson and Mistinguette Smith
SAVE THE DATE

A Straw Dog Writers Salon:
Balancing Solitude and Community in a Writer's Life
Northampton Friends Meeting House
43 Center Street, Northampton

May 1st  3-5 p.m.


Susan Stinson, writing coach, editor, and award-winning author of four novels, will join in conversation with Mistinguette Smith, poet, essayist, and director of The Black/Land Project, an organization that uses narratives to understand the nature of race, land, and place. Solitude can be a great gift to a writer. Isolation is not. Stinson and Smith will talk about strategies for building community that feed a writer's persistence, productivity, and joy in the work, even when working alone.



Susan Stinson is the award-winning author of Fat Girl Dances with Rocks, Martha Moody, Venus of Chalk, and Belly Songs. Her most recent novel is Spider in a Tree, about Northampton in the time of eighteenth century theologian, preacher, and slave owner Jonathan Edwards (Small Beer Press).  She has received the Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation and was the keynote for the 2015 WriteAngles Conference. From 2010-2015, she was Writer in Residence at Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, and she is the recipient of the 2015 Trustees’ Award.  MORE



Mistinguette Smith is a poet, essayist and director of The Black/Land Project, an organization that uses narratives to understand the nature of race, land and place. An alumna of the Cave Canem Writers Workshop, her work has appeared in the journals The Common, Rust, Pluck  and the anthologies Does Your Mama Know, Other Countries: Voices Rising, and the forthcoming The Relative Wild. A Buckeye by birth, she now lives in Northampton.

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