Author Spotlight: Reality & Release
Reality isn’t always good to women. So not all women stay there. These four authors explore the difficult territory that leads right up to the edge of the world we know.
Henri Bensussen has published poems and stories in various journals and anthologies, including Blue Mesa Review, Eclipse,Skin to Skin, andCommon Ground Review. She serves on the board of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and otherwise collects plants, bird lists, discarded metal objects of no known use, and anything that can be added to a compost pile, a story, or a poem; she herself is decomposing in the dews and fogs of coastal living.
R. Crawford studies English Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Rochester, and is a TA for Russian Drama. She has interned with Open Letter, literary translation press at the University of Rochester. She has been awarded the Book Awards in Comparative Literature. Rachel has been a part of the literary community in Rochester, NY including volunteering to organize the American Literary Translation Conference in 2012.
Judith Day grew up in St. Louis and began writing fiction at age five, as a way to stay sane. She now lives sanely and happily with her husband in northern California and is still writing fiction. She has been a psychotherapist for 28 years and is currently working with military service members and their families.
Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes is a Queer, Brown / Colombian / Latina, poet, writer, scholar, artist, and political activist. Her performance, creative writing, and photography have been seen in places such as San Francisco’s SomArts, Galería de la Raza, the SICK Collective, the Mixed Race Queer and Feminist Zine, Brown and Proud Press, Codex, Wilde, the Blue Lyra Review, and others. She also has some writing being published in a forthcoming anthology on sexual violence, as well as in The Progressive, Mobius, and From the Ground Up. She is currently co-editor of Reveries and Rage, an anthology in-progress, which will feature work by Queer and Transgender Writers of Color. She also has an independent photography and oral history project underway, entitled ‘The Treacherous Felicity in Relentless Dissent.’ Heidi Andrea has an M.A. in a social justice-based Anthropology, and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Come hear R. Crawford and Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes discuss “Madness” at NLSP and the NYPL’s panel discussion: Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: Women and Madness in Literature.