An Open Letter to the Partners, Spouses, Children, Parents, and Friends of Women Who Like to Travel Alone or Enjoy Stretches of Solitude

On my way to a writing residency, a friend said to me, “I think you may be running away from something.”

He is a man in his…


Recently, I’ve started telling my friends who are tired, overwhelmed, frustrated, afraid, not coping well, and trying their best — we do not have to do this pandemic well, we just have to get through it.

The pandemic may feel like a test you are failing, but there will be…


A photo from my evening walk.

I have slept all day.

I’m on the first day of a weeklong writing residency in a town made up mostly of aging hippies, artists, and ghosts, and I am tired. My two friends who arrived with me are in other parts of this cabin with their laptops glowing —…


In the last 24 hours, I have made the realization why many Americans are so angry and upset over the newly-elected president. It’s because we’re seeing our trauma walking around in human form.

We are seeing the boy who sexually assaulted us as a teenager.
We are seeing the bully on…


Why Writers & Artists Should Not Be Limited By Those Who Want to Define Us

brand /noun

1. a type of product manufactured by a particular company under a particular name.

2. a mark that is burned into the skin of an animal (such as a cow) to show who owns the animal.

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I’ve been googling author websites as I’m trying to redo my…


In America, sometimes we confuse “success” with monetary wealth. We think people who make more money are more successful and even happier.

I have always said, There are many ways to be rich, money is just one of them.

Money seems to be the easiest way to measure success for…


For six years, I worked as Co-Editor-in-Chief at a small literary journal in the Northwest, Crab Creek Review.

If I had to make one general statement about what I most learned at the press as an editor, the big revelation was that men and women submit their work differently.

Here…


Girls are Strong, 1982, Tacoma, Washington
MATT MCVAY / THE SEATTLE TIMES

As school begins and dress code rules begin to be broken or complained about, I am thinking about the mixed messages we send our girls, our daughters.

Here’s something I don’t write about much because I like to keep my family life separate from writing life, but I’m the mother…


The holidays have a beautiful uneasiness of bringing families back together.

Though you are now 46, a writer, and living your life, you may still be seen as the lazy entitled twelve-year-old who never helped with chores or perhaps, when they look at you, they see what you’ve become and…

Kelli Russell Agodon

Poet. Editor. Author. Still believes art & poetry can save the world. Cofounder of Two Sylvias Press: www.twosylviaspress.com / www.agodon.com

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