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NEWS / New position @ Corporeal Writing

I’m thrilled to share that for the next six months, I’ll be the new Curator and Editor of “Corporeal Clamor,” a weekly literary publication at Corporeal Writing, the online teaching home of bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch. I’ve invited three brilliant writers to join me as monthly columnists, and I’m beyond grateful to Lidia Yuknavitch and Zinn Adeline for creating new territories for women’s voices in this world.

Here’s more about the writers who will be joining me:

megan-ainsworth_bio-e1509649768665.jpgMegan Ainsworth is a Southern United States essayist and memoirist who teaches writing and literature at a community college in Jackson, Mississippi. Her work has been published in the Brick Street Press 2008 and 2010 Short Fiction Anthologies, on Elephant Journal, The Good Men Project, and on her blog site; she was a finalist in the “Lorian Hemingway Short Fiction Competition.” Madgirl Elegies is a six month installment column for Corporeal Clamor. She is interested in gender politics and race relations, particularly at the intersection of faith and spirituality in the Deep South. She shares a home with a precious and precocious four year old daughter, three rescue pups, and a fish named Steve. She is completing a memoir and a novel-length work of fiction. Read Megan’s first piece, “Rebel Yell,” here.

Amital_bioAmital Stern writes theater, film and more in Jerusalem. She earned an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Hebrew University, and studied screenwriting at the Sam Spiegel School of Film and Television. Her plays include: In Waiting, winner of the Fred Simmons Arts Prize; Hunger Artist, performed at the Theatronetto Festival, Jerusalem Fringe Festival, Arab-Israeli Theater and other venues; Aliza, a site specific theater production now haunting abandoned buildings in Jerusalem. Her writing has appeared in Guernica. She is currently working on her first novel.

Shefali_BioShefali Desai is a child of the American southwest, daughter of Indian immigrants, mother of sons, fighter/writer/lawyer, and a lover of mountains, forests and bodies of water. She has been a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, Arizona Supreme Court law clerk, and VONA fellow. Her book-length manuscript was selected by Lidia Yuknavitch as a finalist in the Kore Press Memoir Competition, and her work has been published widely including in Ms. Magazine, the UCLA Women’s Law JournalKartika Review, and the anthology This Bridge We Call Home. She currently is co-authoring a legal paper on federal and state regulatory power over so-called sanctuary cities, litigating an asylum case, and finalizing her hybrid memoir. She lives in the Sonoran Desert with her partner and two children.

Finally, I’ll be writing a new column, a hybrid of short fiction and music. Read all of the pieces in my last series, Secret Circus, HERE.


Publications by Leigh Hopkins

These Days, Corporeal Clamor.

You are the Rest of Us, Corporeal Clamor.

Over Everything, Corporeal Clamor.

Test Tank, Corporeal Clamor.

You say, write something hopeful, Corporeal Clamor.

Make a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul, Corporeal Clamor.

You Can Do Anything, Corporeal Clamor.

The Right to Bare Arms, ENTROPY Magazine.

Still Gonna Do (#ShePersisted), The Manifest-Station.

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What’s On My Nightstand: October 2017

Adult Fiction

Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado

 

Children’s Fiction

Leon: Protector of the Playground, by Jamar Nicholas

What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada

 

Nonfiction

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Misfit’s Manifesto, by Lidia Yuknavitch

 

 

Poetry

Whereas, by Layli Long Soldier

 

Magazine

Homeopathy Today

The New Yorker

The Week

 

Newspaper

The New York Times
Lip balm

HURRAW! Cherry balm

 

Bobbypin/paperclip dish

love you to the moon

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What’s On My Nightstand: September 2017

Adult Fiction

The Bone People, by Keri Hulme

Inferno, by Eileen Myles

 

Nonfiction

How to Fight, by Thich Naht Hahn

 

Hybrid

Break Every Rule, by Carol Maso

 

Poetry

Whereas, by Layli Long Soldier

 

Magazine

Lesbian Connection – Free to Lesbians Worldwide! “but the suggested donation is $7 (more if you can, less if you can’t)”

The New Yorker

The Week

 

Newspaper

The New York Times
Lip balm

HURRAW! Sunbalm SPF 20

 

Paperweight

Sláinte (“good health”)

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These Days (New Essay)

My latest essay, “These Days,” was published on Friday at Corporeal Writing, home of author Lidia Yuknavitch’s world-shaking writing workshop. In recent weeks, when I wanted to look away, this piece pushed me to keep looking.

Excerpt, “These Days”

These days, no one wants to talk about it. The answer is “I can’t talk about it.” The same five words released in a warm, slow leak, uttered in the same, tired inflection.

November 9 picks up Twitter and scotch. It learns boardroom and braggadocio out of a need to understand. It wears the same shirt until the words wear off. On the eighth day, it puts away the pins and the shirts and the stickers and the signs. It wears mourning whites and throws on shovels of dirt.

December waits for the truth.

January and February march. They vow Next Time. They swear Never Again.

When April, May, and June ask “how are you,” no one is ever OK. They find new ways of talking. They ask questions like “when was the last time you held a blade of grass between your teeth?” or “who was the last person to show you kindness?” They look to each other to remember softness. [read the full essay]

This is the 6th piece for my monthly column, Secret Circus. If after reading this, you’re looking for some reasons to keep standing up, read this and this and  this. As the writing muses at Corporeal Writing say: “We are the rest of you.”


Publications

You are the Rest of Us, Corporeal Clamor.

Over Everything, Corporeal Clamor.

Test Tank, Corporeal Clamor.

You say, write something hopeful, Corporeal Clamor.

Make a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul, Corporeal Clamor.

You Can Do Anything, Corporeal Clamor.

The Right to Bare Arms, ENTROPY Magazine.

Still Gonna Do (#ShePersisted), The Manifest-Station.

 

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Philadelphia, PA

19118, USA

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What’s On My Nightstand: August 2017

Adult Fiction

Men Without Women, by Haruki Marukami

Home Fire, by Kamila Shamsie

Young Adult Fiction

Cathedral, by Raymond Carver

 

Non-fiction

How to Love, by Thich Naht Hahn

Rules for the Dance, by Mary Oliver

 

Short Story

The Hanging of the Schoolmarm, by Robert Coover

The Best American Short Stories (2016), edited by Junot Díaz

So My Mother, She Lives in the Clouds, collected stories by Christopher DiCicco

In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried, by Amy Hempel

Second Language, by Lidia Yuknavitch

 

Essay

Four Castaways Make a Family, by Rene Denfeld

Total Eclipse, Annie Dillard

Foreign Body Ear, by Amital Stern

 

Poetry

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, by Joy Harjo

Why I Wake Early, by Mary Oliver

 

 

Magazine

Lesbian Connection – Free to Lesbians Worldwide! “but the suggested donation is $7 (more if you can, less if you can’t)”

The New Yorker

The Week

 

Newspaper

The New York Times

Lip balm

HURRAW! Sunbalm SPF 20

 

Paperweight

“The knack to flying lies in throwing yourself at the ground and learning to miss.”  – Douglas Adams

 

Computer Glasses

Pixel Eyewear

 

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“You Are the Rest of Us”

My most recent piece, “You Are the Rest of Us,” is up today at Corporeal Clamor. This is the 5th piece from my featured column, Secret Circus, on Corporeal Clamor.


Excerpt: “You Are the Rest of Us”

The artist is filling the town with ghosts. She stacks cinder-block statues in forgotten chain link corners and adorns them with sun-bleached agave skeletons, colored glass, and rusty tools from the belly of the desert. She gives them faces like saints. The artist says sometimes people need a place to keep their secrets, so she builds them altars with gated chambers where the secrets cannot be retrieved. “If we could just have a place to put them, other than our minds, it might help us to be free of them.”

You pull a notebook from your pocket and fill the pages with everything you have been holding, and few of them are your own.

I stole my grandmother’s car and left it in LA when I ran out of gas. I save my used dental floss in a Ziploc bag. I have everyone else’s bad thoughts about me before they can even have them. Whenever I hear the song “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” I feel so terrified I have to leave the room. When I have sex with my husband, I roll my eyes – I do it for me. I have to buy exactly 2 of everything at the grocery store. I pee in the pool. When I’m driving alone, I read all the billboards with an Australian accent. I use my sister’s loofah to clean my teeth.

When you slip the folded papers inside the Secret Keeper’s womb, the sound is an aria, it’s how Earth sounds from space, it is the breath of a thousand bees…

[Read the full essay]


Publications

Over Everything, Corporeal Clamor.

Test Tank, Corporeal Clamor.

You say, write something hopeful, Corporeal Clamor.

Make a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul, Corporeal Clamor.

You Can Do Anything, Corporeal Clamor.

The Right to Bare Arms, ENTROPY Magazine.

Still Gonna Do (#ShePersisted), The Manifest-Station.

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LeighHereNow

PO Box 27771

Philadelphia, PA

19118, USA

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What’s On My Nightstand: July 2017

Adult Fiction

A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay

 

Memoir

Abandon Me, by Melissa Febos

Sunshine State, by Sarah Gerard

 

Short Story

The Swan as Metaphor for Love, by Amelia Gray

Housewife, by Amy Hempel

The Huntress, by Sofia Samatar

Aubade, by Joy Williams

Unlikeable, Deb Olin Unferth

 

Poetry

Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur

32 Poems Magazine

 

Magazine

Lesbian Connection – Free to Lesbians Worldwide! “but the suggested donation is $7 (more if you can, less if you can’t)”

The New Yorker

 

Lip balm

HURRAW! sunbalm, SPF 20

 

Children’s Picture Book

The ABC’s of Thomas Merton, by Gregory Ryan and Elizabeth Ryan (read my review)

 

 

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