Faye Rapoport DesPres

Publication news

I learned yesterday that one of my essays, “Morning and Night,” will be published as part of the Women Writing Nature issue of Sugar Mule. Sugar Mule is an online literary magazine edited by M. L. Weber, with contributing editors Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Cameron Scott, Felino Soriano, and Phoebe Wilcox. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish is the guest editor for the Women on Nature issue, and I am thrilled that my piece will be included.

“Morning and Night” is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to my recent work, because the essay is only 550 words long. My personal essays tend to range from 1500 words to 6000 words. But now and then I find that I can say everything I want to say in a particular piece in just a few paragraphs, and when that happens I notice that the writing feels much like it felt when I wrote poetry. I keep thinking I’ll get back to more poetry, and maybe at some point I will.

The news was especially fun to celebrate because another graduate from my MFA program learned on the same day that one of her essays will be included in the same issue. In fact, her name is also “Faye” (an unusual name to spot once, but twice?). She is Faye Snider, and she graduated a year before I did, so we were in the same classes for several residencies. And I think I’m allowed to say that she proudly started and completed the program in her seventies, proving that it’s never too late to study, learn, and pursue a dream. Congratulations, Faye S.!

I’ll post the link to the Women Writing Nature issue of Sugar Mule in July, when it comes online. Many thanks to Ms. Mish and the other editors.