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Sanora Babb: On Donkeywork & Winged Things

On the Road with Sanora Babb Part 2: Donkeywork & Winged Things

In her introduction to Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay (2001), Nancy Milford writes: “To be a biographer is a somewhat peculiar endeavor… it requires not only the tact, patience, and thoroughness of a scholar but the stamina of a horse.… read more.

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“Ghosts All Over the Story of My Beginnings” — Jan Beatty

American Bastard by Jan Beatty

American Bastard by Ann BeattyWe are taught that a story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. We are taught that a girl who ventures on a quest to find her lost parents will become whole when she finds them; we are taught that this girl will find happiness.

But the truth is, life doesn’t usually happen in this way. Sometimes the “story begins at an impasse” as Patrice Staiger writes.… read more.

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Novel-in-Verse Brings Tejano Pop Star Selena Back to Us

FF2 Guest post by Hannah Lamb-Vines

I’ve never read a novel like Melissa Lozada-Oliva’s Dreaming of You before. In the novel in verse, a poet — who also happens to be named Melissa Lozada-Oliva — uses technology-infused ritual magic to resurrect Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. Selena’s brief career and dramatic murder on March 31, 1995, at age 23, had a massive impact on pop culture and particular significance within the Latin American diaspora (of which Lozada-Oliva is a member).… read more.

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“… young Sanora sought refuge with the Otoe people…”

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media): 

Poet Iris Jamahl Dunkle, having completed a masterful biography of Charmian Kittredge London, is now doing in-depth research on her next subject: Sanora Babb. And FF2 Media is proud to announce that we will be traveling with her!

We have several reasons for embarking on this journey with Iris.read more.

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Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’ at 50: An Ode to Womanhood

Blue 50th Anniversary promotion event
While a 50th Anniversary is a golden one, Joni Mitchell's Blue is a riot of blues — a range of the feminine, filled with feeling.
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BPL’s 2021 LitFilm Festival Brings Writers’ Lives to Film

N. Scott Momaday and Jill Momaday at LitFilm
The Brooklyn Public Library’s 2021 LitFilm kicked off with a screening and Q&A from director Lynn Novick and producer Sarah Botstein. 
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