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Sleeping with One Eye Open: Women Writers and the Art of Survival
     

Sleeping with One Eye Open: Women Writers and the Art of Survival

by Kallet, Judith Ortiz Cofer (Editor)
 

How do women writers cope with changes and juggle the demands in their already full lives to make time for their lives as artists? In this anthology, noted female novelists, journalists, essayists, poets, and nonfiction writers address the old and new challenges of "doing it all" that face women writers as the twenty-first century approaches. With eloquence,

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How do women writers cope with changes and juggle the demands in their already full lives to make time for their lives as artists? In this anthology, noted female novelists, journalists, essayists, poets, and nonfiction writers address the old and new challenges of "doing it all" that face women writers as the twenty-first century approaches. With eloquence, sensitivity, and more than a touch of wry humor, Sleeping with One Eye Open relates positive stories from women who lead effective lives as artists, emphasizing how sources of inspiration, discipline, resourcefulness, and determination help them succeed despite the obstacle of "no time."

The title essay, Judith Ortiz Cofer's "The Woman Who Slept with One Eye Open," defines the collection. Cofer relates the ways in which a mythological story from her Puerto Rican culture gave her confidence and courage, encouraging her creative success and emphasizing the rewards of "women's

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is a collection of essays dealing with the challenges faced by writers, particularly women writers. While essayists and fiction writers are included, poets are emphasized. Most of the pieces were specifically written for this compilation, though some are revised or updated versions of earlier work. The editors, poets themselves, have divided the pieces into four sections. The first deals with sources of inspiration, the second with the lack of writing time, the third with handling obstacles that may interfere with writing (be they physical or emotional), and the last with family situations and their influence on output. On the whole, the essays are well written, though several in the first section ramble and could have used stronger editing. The sectional divisions seem a bit forced, as each piece stands on its own, without categorization. Best read piecemeal, all the essays will be inspiring to both active and would-be artists. Recommended for creative writing and women's studies programs.--Gina Kaiser, Univ. of the Sciences in Philadelphia Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A terrific collection of essays that women writers should buy. This is a book of our time. . . . An excellent tool for our turn-of-the-century writing toolbox."—Frances Payne Adler

"What I find particulary satisfying about Sleeping With One Eye Open is the way the different women's voices and dialects and souls sing together in a powerful symphony of language. This anthology should be read by both women beginning to write as well as by those who are more established and want to feel connected to a larger community."—Sue William Silverman, author of Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, winner of AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction

"Well-written . . . All the essays will be inspiring to both active and would-be artists."—Booklist

"Presents a wellspring of inspiration and encouragement for women who wrestle with satisfying their gift of word."—ForeWord

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820321523
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Kallet is a professor of English and director of the creative writing program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the author of eight books, including How to Get Heat without Fire, and coeditor of Worlds in Our Words: Contemporary American Women Writers.

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