Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    Mother Christmas: Coming in 2022!

    Mother Christmas: Coming in 2022!

    In the spirit of the season, I would like to announce that I have a new book coming out this year! This project is what I've been putting much of my time and energy into for the past year, but the story has been living in my head and heart for much longer, beginning in 2004 with a trip to Turkey to do research. Almost 18 years later, I finally get to share the characters and their story with you! A little background: For those who follow the Julian calendar, today (January 7th) is Christmas. I've written about the Ukrainian celebration of the[...]
    Chicago blur: 1995 to 2020

    Chicago blur: 1995 to 2020

    I'm excited to share that my poem "Chicago blur: 1995 to 2020" was published this month in the poetry journal Spillway 29, guest edited by Patricia Smith, who recently won the Poetry Foundation's Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize; and Lynne Thompson, Poet Laureate of the City of Los Angeles. As writers and artists, we are constantly being influenced by those who came before us and those who are working alongside us. In the early days of the pandemic, in April 2020, Creative Distancing, in partnership with the Philbrook Museum of Art, published a series of creative project tutorials on YouTube, offering artistic[...]
    Inducting Gene Wolfe

    Inducting Gene Wolfe

    In 2012, it was my privilege to help develop a new award for the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, the Henry Blake Fuller Award, honoring a living author for their outstanding lifetime contribution to literature. We honored Gene Wolfe with the first Fuller at a beautiful ceremony at Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills on March 17, 2012. My account of the evening is here on my blog. It was magic. It has been almost a decade, and Gene is no longer with us. Tomorrow, on Sunday, September 19, 2021, we will induct him into the Hall of Fame proper, along with[...]
    Remembering Eleanor (1944-2021)

    Remembering Eleanor (1944-2021)

    Eleanor Lupescu was one of the few people I knew who had proper recipes, the kind that were written down and repeated and shared.  My mother cooked delicious meals, but most of it is in her head from decades of practice and improvisation. The same for my grandmothers—except for the cases when someone captured the ingredients and instructions for them (which a few of my aunts thankfully did). Now, more than twenty years later, when I meet others who painstakingly print their signature dishes or scribble their measurements and notes, I understand that food is one of their love languages. Food[...]
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    Reflections

    Sometime last month, as the weather started warming up and the days began to get longer, I realized that I was breathing deeper, feeling hopeful, and closer to “normal” than I had in a long while. It made me aware of just how tense I had been this past year: shoulders tight, jaw tight, brow furrowed. All the time. Like many of you, I have spent much of the last year tight with fear and anxiety, worrying about how to keep my loved ones safe, how to help the kids get through this, how to create positive memories in the midst[...]

Critical Acclaim

Lovely Prose

The lovely prose and the mix of mythic Ukrainian matter with a contemporary setting won me over. Continue reading on sfsite.com

5 out of 5 stars

This is definitely something to read and add to your collection if you enjoy a good story that involves the use of folk tales. 5 out of 5 stars. Continue reading on Indie Comix

Robert McClelland
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