Selected Projects

Projects

Current

Feminist Friendship Archive. The “Feminist Friendship Archive” is a work in progress about the lives of three great friends of mine who died in the first decade of the twenty-first century. I hope to combine the stories of our friendships, which I’ve begun to chronicle, with memoirs by women writers devoted to remembering a lost friend.

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My Metastic Life. I’ve been experimenting with how to visualize my life in cancer (since diagnosis in late December, 2011). I think of my images as a kind of outsider art created in dialogue with the many graphic memoirs dealing with cancer and other illnesses.

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Recent past

Paris Memoir. The girl on the cover of Breathless: An American Girl in Paris (Seal, 2013) is me, circa 1962. I’m walking along the banks of the Seine, on my way to work teaching English at Lycée Racine, a French high school for girls.

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What They Saved. What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past (Nebraska, 2011) is a memoir about my quest to recreate the story of my father’s missing family. The website whattheysaved.com gives a fuller picture of the journey I made—images from my trips to Eastern Europe, and documents that helped me figure out what had happened to these relatives until recently unknown to me.

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Girls Write Now. Girls Write Now mentors aspiring teen writers from underserved communities, supporting their journey from high school to college and beyond.

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