Interweavings: Creative Nonfiction
by Carol Smallwood
These forty-three beautiful and moving short essays seem inspired by whatever is on Carol Smallwood’s mind — library visits, her daughter, the TV show Columbo, “Chick Lit,” or hardware stores. But they remind us that everything in life is a variation on a theme, a different shade in the same tapestry.
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
Interior and cover designed by Shanti Arts Designs
ISBN: 978-1-941830-46-8 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Published by Shanti Arts Publishing, 2017
Carol Smallwood’s around five dozen books include Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching, on Poets & Writers Magazine list of Best Books for Writers. Recent anthologies include: Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014); Bringing the Arts into the Library: An Outreach Handbook (American Library Association, 2014). Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences (Lamar University Press, 2014), Divining the Prime Meridian (WordTech Editions, 2015) are poetry collections; Interweavings and In Hubble’s Shadow are from Shanti Arts Publishing in 2017; Library Outreach to Writers and Poets (McFarland, 2017). Smallwood, who has founded and supports humane societies, has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, and appears in such references as Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in the World; Wikipedia.
“Elizabeth Jaikaran was a student in our NYU Law Seminar, 'Resisting Injustice,' and as her final paper submitted these extraordinary short stories, along with non-fiction documentation for each. We are astonished by the voices contained in all of these stories, each one dealing with the very difficult dimensions of women’s experiences in post-colonial cultures and the experiences of both trauma and resistance. Elizabeth is an artist and a truth-teller, and these stories are both moving and revelatory.”
"Elizabeth Jaikaran’s Trauma is the only compilation of stories to detail the 'taboo' distress that surrounds Guyanese women living within the rooted and uprooted culture of what is Guyana. There is literally no other book that compares, as this is a culture that is largely unknown and often overlooked.
"Trauma forces the reader to understand the layers of patriarchy, colonialism, and strength endured by Guyanese women time and time again, in and out of their home country. Yet, its best quality is not rooted in the exposure of a culture that has evaded the radar for far too long. Trauma’s triumph exists in the truth and honesty of the writing, which is grounded in strong prose that often breaks into poetry in its most powerful moments. The tales of these women and their extraordinary emotional undertakings with little to no resources, support and, in some cases, hope, reveal that, despite the tragedies each woman suffers, there is a certain resilience that is retained that only trauma can create.
"These are the hushed stories that we’d hear our elders speak of, but instead of brushing them away, Trauma makes it clear that these stories will no longer be overlooked the way they have been in the past.
"Jaikaran goes where no other writer in this cultural community has gone before. She brings the beautiful country of her foreparents to the reader, along with its hard cut and unforgiving realities.
"It is the fearless nature of this collection that makes it a must read, but more honestly, Trauma is a victory for all of the women whose stories have been constantly silenced. Finally we can hear you."
Lara Lillibridge, "Interweavings: Creative Nonfiction by Carol Smallwood," Mom Egg Review. (4-25-2017)
This Collection of Short Essays Will Make You Rethink Life's Ordinary Moments (Press Release, January 30, 2017)
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