The first letter I ever received from the great feminist radical writer Meridel LeSueur said to get away from the universities, they would destroy me. She said “write the stories of the people.” There was something about her directness, her passion and her demand that drove me to do just that for the last 15 years.

With Meridel's voice in my head, I wrote a book-length manuscript called Labor Pains: One Woman's Life in Chicago's New Union Movement, which won the Great American Stories Award from Book Deals Inc. literary agency in Chicago and is now in press with Monthly Review Press in New York.

I also wrote street poetry and performed it all over Chicago for several years, before getting pregnant and handing my nights over to another cause...

Contact me today if you’re looking for a writer who will listen to those who don’t have a voice, and write their stories because they never will.

Princeton Arts Review – 1997: The Initiation

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

The Initiation: street poetry

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