Essays on Childhood: “Staying” | by Anne Clinard Barnhill

Anne Clinard Barnhill Anne Clinard Barnhill grew up in West Virginia and graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi.  Her debut novel, At the Mercy of the Queen, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2012. Her second novel, Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter, is forthcoming in 2014. She is working on a third and as-yet-untitled novel, set in West Virginia.… Read More Essays on Childhood: “Staying” | by Anne Clinard Barnhill

The Alligator (The Dream, The Island, & The End) | by Margaret Ward McClain

In the Dream It’s starting to get dark, and we have to get my grandparents’ belongings from the house. They are gone. No sense of their presence remains. The house is a hollow shell for the objects left. A moving truck is parked out front right down to the brick porch. Several cars are under… Read More The Alligator (The Dream, The Island, & The End) | by Margaret Ward McClain

Essays on Childhood: Wild Things | “The Alligator” Begins

Editor’s note: A skilled writer knows how set a scene, how to craft mood through tone and story pacing; my friend Margaret Ward McClain is such a writer. If you follow this blog, you will remember her gorgeous and heart-breaking essay The Simons House from 2011. This week the Essays on Childhood project features her chill-bump-inducing… Read More Essays on Childhood: Wild Things | “The Alligator” Begins

Essays on Childhood: Wild Things

Over the past year, I’ve become fascinated with stories about childhood encounters with animals. It started with Julian Martin’s description of his grandmother clubbing, skinning, and cooking a groundhog; since then, it seems everywhere I turn I hear great stories about courage, life and death, love and affection, loyalty and hearbreak connected to children and… Read More Essays on Childhood: Wild Things