Eaton Hamilton

the problem with being trans is cis people. The problem with being queer is straight people. The problem with being disabled is abled people. The problem with being Black is white people. In other words, prejudice.

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Parenting Day

Painting by Eaton Hamilton, oil on stretched canvas, 16″ x20″.

ID: Yt woman from the 40s walking across a street with baby carriage, yellow balloon and small brown dog. She wears a red hat, dress, shoes.

I don’t want to say Happy Mothers’ Day while there is no Parenting Day to encompass the people left out by the word “mother,” but who are still parenting. I hope you also think of them today on what for many is a very fraught “holiday.” There are a lot of permutations on what today can mean when you never had a mother worthy of the name, had a mother who disliked you, had a mother with addiction issues, didn’t want to be a mother, wanted to be a mother and lost pregnancies, wanted to be a mother and never could, or lost your child/ren, are a trans parent, are a non-binary parent, and so on. Whether you’re an auntie or a gramma or a teacher or someone else, if you make a difference in the life of kids, I salute your unpaid efforts.

Hello to all of you, and to those who were parented well, and those who weren’t but now parent their own kids well. I hope you have a gentle day.

How to Support Your Writer Friend

The care and feeding of the special writer in your life? Is it awkward when they publish a book? What if you haven’t bought it? What if you haven’t read it? Are there expected practices you are violating? You know they suffered getting the thing to press–weren’t they crying on your shoulder a year ago and saying they’d never finish?–and for sure you want to be supportive, but, really, how? What would help?

Here are some tips from Leslie Pietrzyk:

How to Support Your Writer Friend by Leslie Pietrzyk

Sarah van Arsdale is a straight writer. Or a lesbian writer. Or a bisexual writer.

typewriterJEH

Over at Guernica, Sarah van Arsdale explores her writing career through the lens of her sexual orientation.

I Was a Lesbian Writer

Here’s Sarah van Arsdale’s article from this January about literature and keeping oneself to the work and jealousy. Highly recommended; in fact, this may be the best article I’ve read about how a friend’s success affects those of us still deep in the trenches.

My Famous Friend, Bookslut

Mavis Gallant–the journals

Once I was at Banff Writing Studios at the Banff Centre, and Mavis Gallant was a visiting author.  Speaking to one young author she said, “I’m Mavis Gallant,” and he answered, “How lucky for you.”  Now how lucky for us–her journals are to be published.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/gallants-private-journals-to-be-published-in-canada-us/article4375337/

Too Young Boys

Here is a recording done by Julie Wilson from Book Madam of me reading my short fiction piece, “Too Young Boys” from my collection “July Nights and Other Stories.” Recorded in Toronto, 2011.

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