Writer’s Voice Interview

Writer's Voice

Back in October I had a great interview with Francesca Rheannon on the NPR show Writer’s Voice. We discussed my work on The Diary of Esther Small and the related series of poems in my collection Church of Needles. We talked about the importance of women’s voices and abuse as the silencing of those voices. I also read some poems. The interview has gone live, take a listen. Writer’s Voice airs on some public radio stations; Saturday at 3 p.m. in western Mass.

4 thoughts on “Writer’s Voice Interview

  1. Sarah, I love how life takes us on a ride. I came to know you through the fabulous incarnations of your Etsy shops, and from there, began to explore your writing and poetry. Both The Diary of Esther Small and Church of Needles have called to me more than a few times, even when the scent of balsam faded 🙂 And now, hearing your podcast, I discover, for the first time, the term of transcendence, “poetry of witness.” To me, the marriage of past to present has always seemed so interesting and purposeful. To give voice to women who have gone before us, to offer them a stage, as you described, is to renew life and its lessons. Thought and action that occurred in small, simple lives that, when reframed in present day, can show it as large and powerful. My passion these days is genealogy, discovering stories behind the names, so when an opportunity for connection, a kinship with people of the past presents itself, I find it both joyful and reverent. So thanks for that. I think it struck a chord with me. Life continues, the ground gets turned over again and we still matter. All of your artistry seems to reflect that.

  2. Thanks so much Linda. I whole heartedly agree that we ‘still matter’, it just takes a few people who continue to care about what went before. I’m a genealogy geek too, but don’t have any written stories from my own family. No one kept diaries. My grandmother left a lot of genealogical research into the different branches of my family. But, for some reason, it’s the afghans she crocheted that I really treasure. Women’s handwork and craft are an entire ‘record’ that often gets overlooked. Some people think it’s quaint when a woman sits knitting, sewing or quilting, but I think it’s powerful. She’s creating an artifact while many around her are watching TV. Although knitting or sewing blankets was a necessity for other generations, imagine women’s dawning realization of the power they held through their ability to put an object into the hands of descendants they would never meet. Kind of like writing:)

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. I have really enjoyed reading both your of books, and I look forward to buying “Split the Crow,” upon its release next month. Your transcription of her diary and your poetry allows Ester’s story to come alive and expose its relevancy to all. It is important work that you do. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your gift with us!

    • Thanks for your kind words. The fact that Esther’s story in her own voice is able to be told when it wasn’t heard in her lifetime is the whole reason I put the diary out there. So glad you appreciate it:)

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