In 1968, Lucille Clifton and her husband, Fred, a professor and activist, bought the house at 2605 Talbot Road and moved in with their six children. It was there that Lucille Clifton launched her prolific poetry career. Her first collection, Good Times (Random House, 1969), was published a year after the family moved in; Good News About the Earth (Random House, 1972) and An Ordinary Woman (Random House, 1974) followed soon thereafter. While living at the house, she wrote countless poems, a memoir, and children’s books, earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1970 and 1973, and began her term as poet laureate of Maryland in 1979.
The Clifton family lived in the house in the Windsor Hills neighborhood for almost eleven years before they lost the home to foreclosure. Buying the house last year was profoundly meaningful for Sidney, because with both parents and two of her siblings gone, the years they shared there represent a moment when her entire family was alive and together, happy and whole.
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We Build It Ourselves
A roundtable on race, power, and the writing workshop
Things We Lost to the Water
Eric Nguyen whose debut novel, Things We Lost to the Water, was published in May by Knopf.
THE FIELD OF STORIES
IN HER NEW MEMOIR, POET WARRIOR, PUBLISHED BY W. W. NORTON IN SEPTEMBER, U.S. POET LAUREATE JOY HARJO TRAVELS THE ROADS, RIVERS, AND RHYTHMS OF HER LIFE, TAKING READERS ON A JOURNEY ACROSS GENERATIONS AND SINGING POWERFUL LESSONS ON THE CYCLICAL NATURE OF TIME AND BECOMING.
The Other Black Girl
Zakiya Dalila Harris introduced by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Your Career On The Line
Writers and agents discuss “The Call”
How We REMEMBER
WITH HIS FIRST NONFICTION BOOK, HOW THE WORD IS PASSED, PUBLISHED IN JUNE BY LITTLE, BROWN, POET AND SCHOLAR CLINT SMITH DELVES INTO THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY ALIVE IN MONUMENTS AND LANDMARKS WITHIN AND BEYOND THE UNITED STATES, IN AN IMMERSIVE READ THAT EXQUISITELY DEPICTS HOW A NATION AND ITS INHABITANTS REMEMBER ITS HISTORY.
Lee Lai introduced
Ehrlich Speaks to Mother-Writers
Lara Ehrlich, author of the short story collection Animal Wife (Red Hen Press, 2020), has a deep narrative investment in the ways the world denies women power and agency. In October 2020 that commitment took a new shape with the first episode of her podcast, Writer Mother Monster, a much-needed balm for those of us balancing mothering and writing in the midst of a global pandemic. Aimed at dismantling the myth that women can “have it all,” her podcast is a series of interviews with mother-writers working in all genres, at varied points in their careers, who candidly discuss the joys and complications of that dual identity. Ehrlich, herself a mother-writer—her daughter turns five this year—spoke about what she has gleaned from these exchanges and how they’ve influenced her own approach.
A Decade of Women Who Submit
For the past decade an international community of women and nonbinary writers have been working to claim space for themselves in an industry historically dominated by men. Known as Women Who Submit (WWS), the group supports and empowers its members to submit their work in spite of publishing’s inequities. Their achievements have been extraordinary: This July, the organization celebrates its tenth year, with twenty-seven chapters across the United States and Mexico, more than one hundred fifty successful book and magazine publication credits by its members in 2020, and a devoted community of writers, editors, and publishers.
Saddle Up and Read
A young reader finds an attentive audience during a July 2020 farm visit.
Beyond Her Badge
Meet Melissa Hyatt, the 14th Baltimore County police chief.
8 Ways To Have More Fun On A Date
You’ve got the adorable bae. The cutest outfit. The perfect place. But you’re still nervous that it’s all gonna be a little awkward. Here’s how to nix those nerves and actually, you know, enjoy yourself on the big night out.
Somebody Catch That Christmas Tree!
“POPCORN, NO!” MRS. SIDNEY shouted.
Ghosts, Vampires And Spirits Lure Travelers Seeking Bone-Chilling Thrills
Ghosts, vampires and spirits lure travelers seeking bone-chilling thrills.
Daughter joins dad in marathon effort
PAIR RUNNING TOGETHER IN AID OF NSPCC
The Neighbourhood Patch
The only thing better than one suburban garden is several households sharing the bounty
AUGUST’S BEST ART SHOWS
पीरियड के बारे में बिटिया को बताया क्या?
पहला पीरियड, सिर्फ जीव विज्ञान का विषय नहीं। यह जीवन का अहम हिस्सा है। इतने जरूरी विषय पर दबी जबां में कब तक बात करेंगी? बेटी से पीरियड पर खुल कर कैसे करें चर्चा, बता रही हैं स्वाति शर्मा
पापा से प्यार सबसे ज्यादा
बेटियां-पिता के ज्यादा करीब होती हैं। ये करीबी इतनी होती है कि वो अपने पार्टनर में भी पिता के गुण तलाशने लगती हैं। इस फादर्स डे (20 जून), पिता और बेटी के बीच के इसी प्यार भरे रिश्ते के पीछे की वजह जानने की कोशिश कर रही हैं चयनिका निगम
‘BE READY FOR BORDER POLL'
Call for citizens’ assemblies in North & South