Date(s) - 05/11/2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
“A Woman Writing” – Author Mary Lou Sanelli Reads from Her Newest Book – Adult Religious Exploration
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Facilitator: Mary Lou Sanelli
In these wonderfully wise writings, Mary Lou Sanelli once again relies on her literary voice and candid sense of humor to explore all the realities true to anyone who has thought of making writing a part of his or her life. In a conversational style that entirely conveys her nature, she relates the comedy and the heartbreak the writing life is; how little it has to do with literary circles and clout and how much it has to do with limitless uncertainty, publishing anxiety, finding a way to make the process of writing, of life, your joy, rather than any outcome and, if lucky, how to view each let-down along the way as a triumph.
Most compelling is how these writings, chronologically collected, grow and twine on the page right in front of you, allowing us to relish each like a long conversation with a trusted friend. Sanelli writes about themes as varied as marriage, politics, friendship, aging, nature, her distrust of too much technology (“no one wins like the guys who make the software”); what it feels like for an East Coast transplant to find herself living in the belly of Seattle; for a daughter to be caring for her elderly mother; what went wrong at an Obama party once―all with spot-on insight, all through the eyes of a woman, a woman writing; and she compels us to find ourselves, and perhaps our own writing voice, in the process. She notices everything and she’s exceptionally funny.
“What Sanelli does in front of an audience is easier to recognize than it is to define.” –The Seattle Times
Sanelli has published seven collections of poetry and three works of non-fiction, Among Friends, Falling Awake and her latest, A Woman Writing. Her regular columns appear in Seattle’s City Living Magazine, Art Access magazine, the Peninsula Daily News, and Lilipoh Magazine. She has written for the Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Weekend Edition, National Public Radio, Seattle’s NPR station KUOW FM, and many other publications and radio stations. She works as a literary speaker and is booked at regional and national conferences and many, many other venues. She lives with her husband in Seattle.