Meet Me: Writers in St. Louis
Thirteen accomplished creative writers in St. Louis discuss their lives and work,
in deeply personal, probing interviews by a top-notch literary journalist. Interviewees:
novelist/critic Harper Barnes, playwright
Ntozake Shange, mystery novelist Qiu Xiaolong, essayist
Gerald Early, travel writer Eddy L. Harris, memoirist
Kathleen Finneran, Josephine Baker's biographer Jean-Claude Baker,
poets Jane O. Wayne, Eric Pankey, Tess
Gallagher, Carl Phillips, and the late John N. Morris and Donald Finkel.
Includes author photos, biographies, and samples from
Meet the author: Catherine Rankovic
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Copyright date: 2010.
Breast Cancer: One Illness, Two Women, Four Seasons
This inspiring book recounts the experience of a woman who, out of catastrophic illness, creates a healing journey aided by her compassionate physical therapist, a proponent of the Trager® Approach. Both women kept a journal of Havard’s year of treatment and compiled their entries into an enriching account of how cancer and its treatment can be transformative, helping patients to redefine priorities, deepen relationships, and renew their sense of self.
Meet the Authors: Mary Ellen Havard and Mary Openlander
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Copyright date: 2005
David Gerard was born David Gerard Jurkiewicz in 1952 in St. Joseph, Missouri, the fifth of seven children. He attended parochial schools there and, as a youth, worked in his father’s shoe repair business. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and a master’s degree from the University of Tulsa.
Gerard spent fifteen years as a reporter and editor with the Muskogee Phoenix, the daily newspaper in Muskogee, Oklahoma. His weekly column, Sketches From Three Rivers, enjoyed a loyal local following and won awards from the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalism. A freelance writer, Gerard has published two other books: Judge Not, a crime story, and Sketches from Muskogee, a collection of his most beloved columns and Gerard’s own sketches and cartoons of people and places around Muskogee. When not writing, Gerard spends his time gardening, hiking, biking and birdwatching.
T. L. Jamieson
T. L. Jamieson has spent his career as an educator; currently he is the assistant principal at Cassville (MO) high school. He also writes a weekly column, The Kingfisher Journal, for the Cassville Democrat newspaper. Jamieson writes about and photographs the Ozark landscape and his work has appeared in regional publications. He and his family live in Southwest Missouri where he roams the Ozark National Forest. He holds degrees from Arkansas State University, Pittsburgh State University, and the University of Missouri. A self-disciplined writer, Jamieson enjoys his other passions, running and fly fishing, but only after he spends at least 20 minutes a day writing.
Poet, essayist, and journalist Catherine Rankovic is the author of
Island Universe: Essays and Entertainments (WingSpan, 2007),
Fierce Consent and Other Poems (WingSpan, 2005), and a co-author of
Guilty Pleasures (Andrews-McMeel, 2003). Widely published and a winner of
multiple awards for her work in every genre, Rankovic has a B.A. in journalism from
Marquette University, an M.A.
in English Literature from Syracuse University, and an M.F.A. in poetry from Washington
University. She has
taught creative writing at Washington University since 1989 and is a leading
figure in the St. Louis
Colleen McKee grew up on welfare in the first town in America to be completely evacuated because
of toxic waste, leading her to an early, if reluctant, interest in the health care system. Her personal
essays have appeared in anthologies such as Without a Net: The Female Experience of
Growing Up Working Class (Seal) and Under the Arch: St. Louis Stories (Antares).
Her work on women and health
care has appeared in Chronic Babe and Bellevue Literary Review. Additionally
she is the author of My Hot Little Tomato (Cherry Pie) a book of poetry about the pleasures
of food and sex. She earned her B.A. in Literature and World Religions, as well
as a minor in Women's Studies, from Webster University. She earned her M.F.A. in
Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she teaches English,
and Women and Gender Studies.
Amanda Crowell Stiebel
Amanda Crowell Stiebel is best known for her eclectic job history and her
poetry publications; she has been a janitor, model, steelworker, high-school teacher,
perpetual student, caving instructor, telemarketer,
and college instructor, among other things. Her free-verse poetry focuses mainly on
experiencing life as a woman and has appeared in many publications including the
People's Press anthology
The Familiar, and A Chaos of Angels (Word Walker), an anthology of poetry
about psychotropic drug use. In addition, she has worked as an editor on Natural
Bridge, a literary review. Amanda earned her
B.A. in English at Truman State University, her M.A. in English and M.F.A. in Creative
Writing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a doctorate in American Studies from St. Louis University. She, her husband, and son, live in Middletown, NY, where she teaches English at SUNY-Orange
Qiu Xiaolong was born and raised in Shanghai, China. While living in China,
as an associate research professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
and a member of the Chinese Writers' Association, he published across diverse
fields, including prize-winning poetry translations of T. S. Eliot's poems and
Imagist poems. He came to the United States as a visiting scholar, but what
happened in Beijing in 1989 changed his path. He started writing in English
and got a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Washington University. Qiu won
a Missouri Biennial Award and a Prairie Schooner Award for his poetry. He has
authored many highly acclaimed novels including: Death of a Red Heroine (2000), A Loyal
Character Dancer (2002), When Red is Black (2004), A Case of Two Cities
(2006), Red Mandarin Dress (2007), and Years of Red Dust (2010), which have been translated into more than a
dozen languages. He
lives in St. Louis with his wife and daughter.
Mary Ellen Havard
Mary Ellen Havard was born and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. The eldest of
six children in a family with strong Irish Catholic roots, Mary Ellen was a
gregarious and outgoing child who enjoyed taking part in activities with her
friends, including athletics, team sports, and music. Following graduation from
a private high school for girls, Mary Ellen
entered the order of religious who had taught her and became a nun. While
in that community, she attended Webster University in St. Louis, where she
earned a B.A., and she received special training in Montessori early education
methods. Mary Ellen was actively involved in her order's preschool and primary
program for a number of years.
After a period of reflection and reevaluation, Mary Ellen left the convent in
the 1970s and moved from St. Louis to New York City, where she worked as a teacher.
Two years later, she married Colin, who also had been a member of a religious
order and a priest. While in New York, Mary Ellen obtained a Master's degree and
continued teaching until the arrival of the couple's first son, Mark. Three
years later, Mary Ellen, now a stay-at-home mom, and Colin became parents of
their second child, Michael. With Mark approaching first grade, Colin seeking
new employment, and Mary Ellen's mother terminally ill with cancer, the
family returned to St. Louis where, years later, Mary Ellen continues to live,
work, love, and write.
Mary Openlander grew up in the St. Louis area and earned a B.S. degree in
physical therapy from St. Louis University. Mary had more than twelve years of
experience in physical therapy when she began
studying the Trager Approach in 1991. Delighted with the way Trager broadened
her abilities to help patients with chronic pain, she acquired further certification
as a Mentastics movement education instructor and became an assistant to the
educational staff of Trager International.
In 1998, Mary opened Physical Therapy Innovations to provide a setting for
blending traditional physical therapy with complementary approaches. She recently
concluded a three-year term on the board of the United States Trager Association
and was the 2002 recipient of the Florence P. Kendall Award for outstanding Service
in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University. A yoga student, singer,
and outdoors enthusiast, Mary and her husband live in St. Louis and are the parents of two adult sons.
Winnie Sullivan was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. A self-described “Francophile,”
she is a lifelong student of French language, literature, and culture. Initially she wrote
Notes from Paris as a journal of her first visit to Paris,
“. . . to preserve the memory of it with a full written record, beyond what
photographs could provide.” At first the journal was a gift to her friend
and traveling companion who was moving from St. Louis to Boston. Now, Notes
from Paris is a travel-sized memoir that recounts Winnie's experiences in
the City of Light.
Winnie has worked as a writer and editor since 1989. Currently, she owns
a production services company, through which she offers writing, editing,
graphic design and page layout services. She is also the founder and
executive director of PenUltimate Press, Inc., a nonprofit literary
publishing house. Winnie lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.