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Authors in Our Midst

Jul 24, 2013

Black crested Titmouse F1 300x218 Authors in Our Midst poetry Pasadena library local poets local authors la pintoresca library fiction authors in our midst  photoAuthors in Our Midst in an ebook written by participants in the Spring 2013 Courage to Write Writing Workshop led by author/instructor Esther Bradley-DeTally and held at La Pintoresca Branch Library.

How about a taste of a Faukner-length sentence in “Toasting Relations” by Bradley-DeTally:
The toast, more than slightly burned and twisted, rose with her pale limpid hand, as Emily, a follower of Ron Paul, Edward Dash, Holley Holes and other limpid like creatures, spoke with as much force as she could emanate….

“Birding” by Katherine B. Footracer:
I rush to the group a few breathless minutes late,
Half-eaten oatmeal congealing in its bowl and my belly,
My coffee and plaid flannel sheets forsaken.
“Oak titmouse, over there at 2 o’clock,”…

“Homelessness” by Sherrie N. Stamps:
Homelessness looks like how I’m feeling about me. Sometimes homelessness looks like I’ve got it all together and know how to present the Diva in me to the world. Yes, a homeless woman can be a diva on a good day….”

This is a free ebook and can be downloaded at Smashwords or found at the Pasadena Public Library. These voices sound strong; we’re pleased they’re finally emerging.

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Authors in Our Midst
Friday, July 26th, 1-3 p.m.
La Pintoresca Branch Library
1355 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91103
CityofPasadena.net or call 626.744.7268

Bio of Esther Bradley-DeTally, in her own words:

Esther Bradley De Tally 175x262 Authors in Our Midst poetry Pasadena library local poets local authors la pintoresca library fiction authors in our midst  photoI teach four six-week classes on writing.  My background training is from Oakley Hall, who was majestic novelist and teacher and co-director of Squaw Valley Workshop, and also from Jack Grapes, whose name is whistled in freeway corridors like a slick wind, a pied piper of a writing teacher.  Both of these men earn my verbal praise every day.  I have traveled from Moscow to Siberia, and to Ukraine, and then returned with my husband to live in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, and Minsk, Belarus.  I studied writing methods at UCIrvine, and also took several courses under a superb journalist, Joe Bell.

I teach a class on Tuesdays at The Women’s Room, a place that leaps with great words and giant hearts.  The women are either volunteers, homeless or in transition, and it is a great place of support.

On Monday nights, I teach in the basement of Ten Thousand Villages, near California and Lake, from 4:30-6 p.m., for donation.  That, plus a few on-line gigs and tutoring gig, plus Baha’i activities and commitment to racial justice, keeps me busy.  I have a novel in the second draft process. 

Esther has written two books, Without a Net: A Sojourn in Russia and You Carry the Heavy Stuff. Her blog can be found at SorryGnat.wordpress.com.




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