"Mother, I have been devastated all my life."
— Leigh Stein, from “Marooned”
"There was an impenetrable ache in that girl."
— Erri De Luca, Me, You (translated by Beth Archer Brombert)
I’m influenced (and inspired) by Marguerite Duras, Sylvia Plath, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Clarice Lispector, Lidia Yuknavitch, Willa Cather, Anna Kamienska, Rose Auslander, Ingeborg Bachmann, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, H.D., Helene Cixous, Anna Kavan, Leslie Marmon Silko, Rebecca Solnit, and Eudora Welty.
Writing is an act of survival for me. If I’m not writing then I am not living. All of these women are mothers to me; they show me how to write, how to live, how to see, how to feel, and, above all, how to create.