Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe

From February, 2002 to March, 2009 I wrote a column called City Type for The Boston Globe. The columns were conversations with Boston-area writers and poets and are archived here.

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  2008  •  2009
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poem of the month

One Percent Milk

If this is the privileged milk,
the you-can never-be-too-thin-or-too-
rich milk, then what percentage is
the milk of human kindness or
mother’s milk here in the land of
milk and honey, here where privilege
is white as milk and where we
shouldn’t cry if it’s spilt?

Read more poems here.


Watch for Announcements of Future Readings

good news

I am part of an anthology, "The Widows' Handbook"

Garrison Picks Ellen:
My poem, "Letter Home" is in Garrison Keillor's anthology, "Good Poems, American Places." Hear him read it.

Two of my poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

"Why I Write"--brief essays by poets, including me.

quote of the month

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Martin Luther King

CenterPiece is a one-person play I have written and that I perform. It looks at the patchwork of life experiences we all share, from assimilating our family legends to learning about love and loss to finding our own voices and moving into the center of our lives. Click here for more info.
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