Katie Rose Guest Pryal

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Post-Election Thoughts, Finally

I've kept quiet on the election for about a week, mostly to give those who are far more eloquent than I am a chance to talk first. Here are my thoughts, in no particular order. (1) I'm not surprised that so many people voted for a racist, sexist, ableist, tax-evading,...

I Have Some Questions

Note: Read the original post regarding this art exhibit here. Recently, an artist videoed me without my knowledge or permission and projected the video onto a wall at an art museum as art. A friend recognized me and told me about it, and I was upset that someone had...

Book Giveaway: LEMONGRASS HOPE! (redux)

I just ran a giveaway of the award-winning novel LEMONGRASS HOPE, and there was so much interest that I'm doing it again. I'm giving away 2 Kindle copies of the novel to folks who enter the giveaway. This time, though, everyone's a winner. Here's why: To enter, click...

To The Creep Who Videoed Me And Called It Art

To The Creep Who Videoed Me And Called It Art: Yesterday, my husband offered to drop me at a coffee shop to work, and I said no. "I don't know if some creep might video me when I'm not looking." I was making light of something serious, like women always do when...

Humanize the Police

I have no reason to fear the police. The modern police was created to keep people who look exactly like me safe from harm. I am a white woman. I am to be, as every male politician is spouting right now in light of Donald Trump's rampant sexism toward a particular...

The Importance of Reader’s Reviews

This post originally appeared on the Tall Poppy Writers blog. Learn more about the Tall Poppy Writers, an awesome group of women writers that I'm a part of, at TallPoppies.org. “Your words are as important to an author as an author’s words are to you.” Those words may...

Disabled Writer Reading List

Post Last Updated: September 26, 2016. This list was inspired by my panel presentation at the Creative Writing Studies Organization Conference in September 2016. An audience member (you know who you are) asked who I would assign in a nonfiction writing class—who are...

Writing Angst Overcome

For the past few weeks, I've had writing angst. Most writers get it. If you've had it, you know what I mean. Symptoms include lack of desire to write; feelings of meaninglessness, pointlessness, and, you know, angst; even feelings of anger toward your chosen career...

Periscope 2

This post is part of The Periscope Project.  Many people who knew us, Laura, when we worked together at the university knew that we were childhood friends. What they didn’t know—and what they would likely never have guessed—was that you and I were separated by our...