News: Anthology Adopted as a Text

We’re excited to learn that our anthology, When Last on the Mountain: The View from Writers over 50, will be required reading next spring at California State University, Long Beach, in a course titled “Human Behavior and the Social Environment from Multicultural Perspectives: Focus on Young Adulthood through Older Adulthood.”

When John Lavelle, one of the anthology contributors, heard this news, he said “[I] believe it should be required reading in every university.  After all, we changed the world in oh, so many ways, that our aging, and coming to wisdom should not be dismissed.”

Love that phrase, “coming to wisdom.” Wouldn’t that be a great title for another anthology? We call dibs.

9 thoughts on “News: Anthology Adopted as a Text

  1. This is great news, Carol! Just what I needed to hear in an otherwise stressful day; thanks for passing it on to us. Isn’t it good to know that our work doesn’t just sit on a dusty shelf somewhere but is being put into the hands of students! I’m impressed and so pleased.

    • So good to hear from you, Ann. Your autobiographical essay, “Coteau, 1969,”(When Last on the Mountain, p. 101) recreated a rite of passage beautifully. I still enjoy reading it, and I know those students will as well.

    • Good to hear from you, Marsha. I just re-read your “Seven Days in May” from the anthology. Since I lost my own mother this past summer, I can identify with your words, especially the part about going through the “personal papers” of your father. You wrote: “I found almost nothing personal among his personal effects until I opened the last drawer. There I saw every letter and postcard I had ever sent him. Only then did I cry.” A wonderful essay about the “seven days in May” when you commemorate the legacy of your parents.

  2. Wonderful news for everyone involved. When we at times feel marginalized, we can point to this validation of our work and ourselves.

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