Friends -- instead of cleaning the house, I am doing research on a possible memoir that my spouse and I are working on about our families. Looking for something else entirely, I came upon an article that my great grandmother, Mary Winston wrote in the Wellesley Magazine .The language is incredibly flowery; My ggm was … Continue reading A message from my great grandmother
Category: Art and Literature
so much going on! new classes, editing, conversations and more!
Dear friends of the unreal -- I'm cutting and pasting my newsletter so you can see for yourself all the activities that are happening in the writing life of yours truly. Please share the word about two fun classes I'm teaching for Hugo House. Thank you and HAPPY APRIL! March was a whirlwind in Hammerland, … Continue reading so much going on! new classes, editing, conversations and more!
Short Édition literature vending machine at the Seattle Public Library
Speaking of magically real: A French company has designed a "short story kiosk" that will dispense a story of between 1 and 5 minutes to you for free. It's a slip of paper that spews out like a receipt. It's free, and you can find these machines at hospitals, airports, coffee shops, and yes, at … Continue reading Short Édition literature vending machine at the Seattle Public Library
January 17th 2023 — yet another review of BETTER CALL SAUL
Hi Friends! I just published a review of the tv series BETTER CALL SAUL. While not exactly Magical Realism, the show is a weird and over the top story, which sometimes tiptoes right up to the edge of my credulity. To be honest, I had mixed feelings watching it. But sometimes, actually often, mixed feelings … Continue reading January 17th 2023 — yet another review of BETTER CALL SAUL
At home in books
Friends -- Just now I lit the Yahrzeit candle for my mother, Barbé Hammer, who died 23 years ago. Right before that, though, I read Neil Aitken's extraordinary essay on personal libraries as sites of resistance.* The book collection, he observes, can become a home for people who are transnational and interlingual and more. The … Continue reading At home in books
December weekly prompt (in honor of Bernadette Mayer)
Happy December, friends! (Photo courtesy of the New York Times) “The idea of perfection in a poem is pretty stupid. Because if nothing else is perfect, why should a poem be perfect?” https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/04/books/bernadette-mayer-dead.html Over the Thanksgiving holidays, the world lost one of the most remarkable, brilliant, and generous poets around. That person is Bernadette Mayer, … Continue reading December weekly prompt (in honor of Bernadette Mayer)
update: October 13th — When art tackles the hard stuff x 2
Friends, I share on medium a few thoughts about a recent episode from HOUSE OF DRAGONS. Even if you don't watch the show, you may find it interesting. Take a look: https://medium.com/@stephaniebarbhammer/viserys-dinner-party-e8326eeb4c98 But wait, there's more. The lovely JOURNAL OF RADICAL WONDER just republished one of my favorite magical realism stories: https://medium.com/the-journal-of-radical-wonder/the-diminution-e551c0cf49ca Tell me what … Continue reading update: October 13th — When art tackles the hard stuff x 2
Hello everyone, my name is Stephanie Hammer and I have a teaching problem
Friends of the unreal: teaching Composition is kind of impossible. And yet, I still do it. I love teaching. Especially as I grow older (and older), I find working with different kinds of people incredibly stimulating and fascinating. Since I live currently in a very rural area, and with the continuing dangers of COVID, my … Continue reading Hello everyone, my name is Stephanie Hammer and I have a teaching problem
July 10th — Who is my neighbor and why should I care about them?
Dear friends of the unreal - Here's another very real essay about a sticker that got put up in our neighborhood.... Please take a look, and let's imagine what would happen if our idea of the neighbor got expanded, ALOT. Welcome, Neighbor!
July 1st 2022
Friends of the unreal blog – The past couple of years have been intense ones for me personally and creatively. Being locked down so far away from family and friends in California but having the comfort of my spouse, Larry, I engaged in some very deep introspection and memory and wrote like crazy. As an … Continue reading July 1st 2022