Angela Kelsey

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book 1 of 24 books in 28 days: Nothing Was the Same

Filed in Books, Writing :: February 3, 2010

I feel as if  Kay Redfield Jamison has been my guide throughout the process of writing my memoir.  The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Professor of Psychiatry took huge professional and personal risks by writing about her life with manic-depressive illness in her 1995 An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness. In my […]

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24 books in 28 days

Filed in Books, Writing :: February 1, 2010

It's nearly thesis defense showtime.  If you've got 28 days, I've got 24 books to read and think about.  The most recent draft of my memoir has been distributed to my committee members (3 brilliant writer/ scholar/teachers) and to the graduate school (the associate dean who read it called to tell me she liked it).  […]

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Dora McQuaid, Audre Lorde, and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Filed in Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, voices :: October 1, 2009

I discovered Dora McQuaid while Googling for information on doing writing workshops for women in shelters. McQuaid is a poet and activist.  Here is an interview from 2004.  McQuaid quotes Audre Lorde, another  poet/activist whom I read many years ago and had forgotten (but am very happy to remember).  From the essay McQuaid cites, "The […]

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Polanski and “getting over it”

Filed in Dating Violence, Domestic Violence :: September 29, 2009

I've been thinking about Roman Polanski's extradition fight. My first reaction was that he should have come back (or been brought back) to the US to face his charges long ago.  I am not swayed by references to his artistic talent or claims that he has suffered by his self-imposed exile in Europe. His victim's […]

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