Made It Through The Heat Dome

The heat melted our brains over here in Seattle during late June but I have good news to report:

I am still alive AND I was able to get edits to my publisher for my next book! 

This collection of my short stories entitled Home Is A Made-Up Place won the Hidden River Arts 2020 Eludia Award and I am thrilled to be readying it for spring 2022 publication with Sowilo Press. I even got away to a café to check it over with a tall cold brew and potato chips chaser. Snacks + time to write = Heaven.

I’ll be posting updates about this collection soon and story previews too. So excited to share this with you!

Room For All Of Us

I was visiting with family and off social media for a day or two when I opened my page and saw that Margo Fowkes of Find Your Harbor had posted a quote of mine that she appreciated. 

Thank you, Margo for sharing this!

When I first made the switch from fiction to memoir writing I was unsure anybody would want to or need to read the story of my mother leaving to follow a guru, my family’s end, and how I got through my childhood. I knew my story was a bit different but felt others had it far worse or had more important things to say.

But I learned that there was room for my words in the world. And if I didn’t write my story somebody else would or, more likely, nobody would.

I’m grateful I listened and followed this path, that my memoir When She Comes Back is out in the world, and that I have come to embrace the power of our personal stories.

If you are just getting started thinking about or writing yours, I am over here cheering you on! The world has room for yours, the world wants to hear yours.

ABOUT RONIT

Hi there! I’m Ronit. I’m a writer, podcaster, teacher, and storyteller. I love the way stories–whether fiction or nonfiction or interviews–bridge vastly different lived experiences and help connect those who might not otherwise have found each other.

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For Your Ears

This week on the podcast Shu Matsuo Post shares his evolution from unclear-about-feminism to full-fledged feminist and even taking his wife’s name in Japan where that is very rare. In episode 88 he talks about becoming a father for the first time and how it feels to rock the gender role boat.

You can listen here: Ep. 88 link https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/and-then-everything-changed/id1485293813?i=1000527960910

Artisha Bolding is my guest for episode 89 and shares her story of how she hit rock bottom, pushed past crises in her marriage and health, and then found her own company and a new way of navigating through life. Look for this episode on 7/13.

My guest for episode 90 is writer Jacqueline Genovese who raised her sister’s young children as her own when cancer claimed her life. She is a mother of three and a writer whose work focuses on the intersection of literature, the military and medicine. Jacqueline received the Stanford School of Medicine Inspiring Change Leadership Award and an Award of Appreciation from the Stanford Undergraduate Veteran’s Association and has spoken at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Air Force Academy. You will be able to download this episode on 7/20. 

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Happy reading! Happy Listening! Happy Writing!

XO

Ronit

ABOUT YOUR HOST

Learn more about Ronit Plank’s story here. 

I’m a writer, podcaster, teacher, and storyteller. Some of my work has been published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The HuffPost, and The Rumpus, but for a complete list of links please visit my Published Works page.

My passion is learning how someone else has lived or survived or has come to understand something about themselves. I love the way stories–whether fiction or nonfiction or interviews–bridge vastly different lived experiences and help connect those who might not otherwise have found each other. Listening to someone tell you their truth and being able to share your own can be the glue that keeps us together and seen and supported.
I’m a writer, podcaster, teacher, and storyteller. Some of my work has been published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The HuffPost, and The Rumpus, but for a complete list of links please visit my Published Works page.

My passion is learning how someone else has lived or survived or has come to understand something about themselves. I love the way stories–whether fiction or nonfiction or interviews–bridge vastly different lived experiences and help connect those who might not otherwise have found each other. Listening to someone tell you their truth and being able to share your own can be the glue that keeps us together and seen and supported.

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