a girl named lindsay wallace wrote an essay called “how women in literature taught me to write fearlessly and purposefully” and it was really touching to me for a few reasons. one is because she lists me with these women, but another is because i could have written the essay. it sounded like me, naming my personal nonfiction heroes, cheryl strayed and anne lamott.
Growing up, I was obsessed with memoirs, creative nonfiction and personal essay collections.
I dove headfirst into books about self-exploration, breakups, human suffering, sexual exploration and addiction. I particularly loved female authors who were telling their stories through their feelings.
Authors like Joan Didion, Anne Lamott, Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Marya Hornbacher, Sylvia Plath and now lesser-known female writers, like Chloe Caldwell, Leslie Jamison and Roxane Gay.
I lovingly refer to them as my literary mothers because it’s through them I found my inspiration to write.
Going to Iowa City on April 2nd through April 5 for the mission creek festival.
Let me know if YOU are going to be there, and/or send your friends. I’m reading, so is Jenny Zhang, Lorrie Moore, Sarah Gerard, Porchista Khapour, Ben Fama…. tons of bands and comics.