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ON WRITING, RACE, AND RANDOM REFLECTIONS

Pruning Your Prose

Every year we have the stunning Japanese maple in our back yard trimmed by a gifted gardener. Each time, I’m astonished to see the graceful structure of the tree’s inner limbs, their beauty revealed after excess branches have been cut away.

One of the great joys of writing, for me, lies in  Read More 
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She Writes Press Interview, April 29, 2013

Nan Fink Gefen: Can you tell us about the genesis of Mama’s Child?

Joan Lester: I’m a member of a biracial family and also a veteran of the civil rights and women’s liberations movements, which rocked this country during the 1960s and ’70s--and we’re still feeling the ripples. Those movements  Read More 
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