What will you save from this burning building?

Posted January 1st, 2017

This is what I know about 2017. We’re still facing some of the same hopes, loves, fears, promises to keep, and problems we faced in 2016.
 I like Tennessee Williams’ take on the world. It’s mercurial and will have it’s way with us. So, although many of us left 2016–a year of fear for this country and the world–we also brought it with us into 2017. We have some serious work to do in the topsy turvy world we woke up to on January 1. We need to work to make this a place where goodness, hope, and promises are more than blind rhetoric intended to win points or votes or popularity contests (although false promises failed to win the popular vote). We need to support truth and honesty and doing the right thing for everyone.

I also think we need to reflect back on 2016 and find the good. I have grandtoddlers and a grandbaby. They’re like joyous bubbles. I have a novel that’s almost complete and I’m revisiting a proposal I wrote last fall and turning it into nonfiction stories. I have the most amazing family. These things carried me through 2016 and they’re still here with me in 2017. What’s in your life? What can lift you? Carry you? 

Let’s bring those glorious things and people into 2017. As parents, writers, painters, being friends, let’s save these from the burning building of 2016 and make these the love of our 2017 lives.

A guest blog on Cynsations

img_1637-1Hey all,

Come on over to “Cynsations” where I’ve got a guest blog on writing from the sandbox and, sometimes, the suck pond. Here’s the link – “Ann Angel on the sandbox and the suck pond”


The image Cyn included with the article, by the way, is of a Poetree that I spent the summer creating. All semester, students have been adding poetry to make it bloom. Here’s what it looks like now –

News and Poetrees

BIG NEWS!!!! Such a Pretty Face, Short Stories About Beauty which is actually an anthology of anti-culture-of-beauty stories is now available as an e-book. I have always believed this book is important to young adults who struggle with their views of beauty but it’s especially important now when we read so much in the news about shaming girls and women about their looks, their weight, their views. You can order it from your favorite bookstore or click on the e-book link.















In other news, we’ve just finished hosting Mount Mary University’s third annual Publishing Institute where participants met with agents and editors to pitch their work. The day included a poetry workshop with Milwaukee Artist of the Year, Dasha Kelly. Participants read their poetry in a public reading at the end of the day and then helped us make our poetree blossom with their words.


Isn’t this great?








Our poetree is on exhibit at Mount Mary University. Speaking of Mount Mary, I need to get this post up and then I need to hightail it over to Mount Mary because my students in the Literature and Writings of Protest, Violence, and Redemption are about to display their graphic novel panels for a celebration of writing.

I hope you’re all finding a million ways to celebrate this creative life! I sure am — at least this week.