Kathleen Spivack

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Kathleen Spivack is the author of ten books of prose and poetry (Doubleday, Graywolf, Knopf, others). Her most recent are Unspeakable Things, a novel (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016), and With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Plath, Sexton, Bishop, Kunitz & Others, (University of New England Press. 2012). She has had awards from the Fulbright Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Mass Arts Councils, 92Y's Discovery Contest, the Radcliffe Institute, Yaddo, MacDowell, Ragdale, American Academy in Rome and others. Kathleen teaches in the Boston area and in France.

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Fall 2018 Issue

Write What You Know

Second Prize, 2017 Literal Latte Essay Award.
“Write about what you know,” my journalism teacher, Mrs. Orsini admonished. What did she mean by that? It was rather like being told, “Work for a living!” At fourteen such exhortations were meaningless. I stared, both fascinated and repelled, at Mrs. Orsini’s long painted toenails. She was married to a podiatrist, she had told us girls. Why would anyone choose that field? What induced her to marry such a man?

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