My initial response to the RoevWade memo leak of May 2nd 2022

I shared this poem on facebook. I wrote it very quickly on Tuesday morning May 3rd, and made minimal edits. On May 4th, I took a writing workshop with poet activist Andres Sanchez where he emphasized the importance of story-telling and activism. Here is the poem. 1. I had sex at 16 with my first … Continue reading My initial response to the RoevWade memo leak of May 2nd 2022

New “Why I write about”

Friends -- This is a short piece where I think about writing and teaching connected to the holocaust. My novel Pretend Plumber does not address the holocaust directly. This comic tale focuses on a young Los Angeles teenager, who is Jewish, but who is also white and highly privileged. Yet, the event that Jews call the “Shoah” … Continue reading New “Why I write about”

April — Special in-depth conversation with Anthony LeDonne about my new novel PRETEND PLUMBER

Hello friends! What a spiritually resonant week this is, as folx navigate Ramadan, Easter and Passover all at the same time! Because of this convergence, my wonderful friend Anthony and I thought this might be the perfect time to record and share a conversation about spirituality and Jewishness in my new novel Pretend Plumber, now … Continue reading April — Special in-depth conversation with Anthony LeDonne about my new novel PRETEND PLUMBER

Let’s talk sandwiches — food matters in my life and fiction

Dear friends of the unreal -- In my latest Medium piece, I wax eloquent about my history with a famous foodstuff and how it works in my new novel. Food is love, my husband once told me and food is crucial in my forthcoming novel, Pretend Plumber. I love food. No, seriously, I LOVE food. I’m … Continue reading Let’s talk sandwiches — food matters in my life and fiction

Happy Ides of March! — some new writing and I read the big book, part 2

Hi friends -- it's also my half-birthday and in honor of this silly non-holiday, I'm sharing, not just one, but two new items. I posted my latest "Why I write about..." and you can read it here: https://medium.com/@stephaniebarbhammer/why-i-write-about-shakespeare-b6be2b35025c And.... my fun conversation with Don and Tom of WRITING ON WHIDBEY ISLAND went live yesterday and … Continue reading Happy Ides of March! — some new writing and I read the big book, part 2

New “why I write about” on Medium

Another "why I write about" just went live over at Medium! Here's the first question in my self-interview: Q: Stephanie-- What gives with setting your new novel in L.A?  You don’t live there, and you aren’t even from that city. In fact, you were born and raised in Manhattan – which is the polar opposite … Continue reading New “why I write about” on Medium

The Life Aquatic: Sailing the Salish Sea with Iris Graville

Friends -- even city slicker magical realists like yours truly, look up from time to time and want to know more about the place where we are currently residing. But, I'm not a scientist, and while I consider myself an environmentalist, I get a bit vague on the details of how my locality might be … Continue reading The Life Aquatic: Sailing the Salish Sea with Iris Graville

“Why I write about. . .” series launching on Medium

Dear friends of the unreal -- I just wrote and published the first of a series called "Why I write about. . . " in conjunction with the forthcoming release of my second novel Pretend Plumber, which will be out sometime this spring. You can read the first little piece here. Speaking of unreal... I … Continue reading “Why I write about. . .” series launching on Medium

Yes, I’ve started sending out a newsletter and you should subscribe!

Friends, is your email box full to the brim with STUFF? Yes, mine is too. And yet, there are a few emails from strangers that I really look forward to. These are writers and thinkers that I admire like Melissa Hart (I actually know Melissa) and leftist outlier intellectual Frederik de Boer. And, I love … Continue reading Yes, I’ve started sending out a newsletter and you should subscribe!