In addition to historical and contemporary fiction and medieval scholarship, Misty writes creative nonfiction, poetry, and regular reviews for Publishers Weekly, the Historical Novel Review, and femmeliterate.

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize:

“On Reading the Letters of Sylvia Plath, Vol. 2” in 3Elements No. 20 Fall 2018

I weep for a woman who killed herself fifty-five years before this. Oh, Sylvia, Sylvia, leave him. Come to Ireland with me. We will milk cows and knit sweaters and climb wild craggy hills where the wind sucks us clean, and we will bring armloads of heather home to our babies. Ireland would save you, I think.

Forthcoming:

“C Section Blues, or, the Biopsychosocial Model for Perinatal Mood Disorder.” In My Caesarean: Twenty Mothers on the C-Section Experience and After, edited by Amanda Field and Rachel Moritz, afterword by Maggie Smith (The Experiment, 2019).

“An incredibly important, gorgeously written, multifaceted, and profound collection.”—Maggie Smith, award-winning author of Good Bones

Other essays:

“Unified Field Theory.” In Draft: A Journal of Process (Oct. 2017)

1. Shall we call these the gleaming galaxies of first love? Well, then. Welcome.

“All Joy and No Fun” in Climbing the Hill of Life: Stories and Art to inspire and uplift, published by Writers on the Avenue (2017)

“Christmas Lights” in Winter Holidays in the City of Pearls, published by Writers on the Avenue (2016)

 

“Walking the Labyrinth on My Almost Birthday.”  Literary Mama (2015)

Poetry

First prize, sonnet category, for “The Sick Rose” in the 72d annual contest hosted by the Iowa Poetry Association. Published in 2017 Lyrical Iowa.

“Summer in Muscatine” was one of five poems selected by Iowa poet laureate Mary Swander from the 2016 Wandering Word competition held by the Muscatine County Arts Council. Each of the five winning poems were made into casts that can be stamped into a concrete square each time a sidewalk is poured or repaired in Muscatine. A second poem selected among the winners was the exquisite corpse poem contributed by Writers on the Avenue.

N.B.: There’s a terrific interview with Mary Swander over at femmeliterate, conducted by her former student, award-winning poet Lauren K. Alleyne.

Magazine Features

“Moving Up!” Muscatine Magazine Spring 2017

 

Interviews

“The View From Abroad: Publisher’s Weekly Talks with Suzy Hansen.” Jun. 9, 2017

“Bad Feminists in History: Publisher’s Weekly Talks with Sady Doyle.” Aug. 12, 2016

“Sadly Happy: Publisher’s Weekly Talks with Sayid Kashua.” Dec. 18, 2015

“Under Pressure: PW Talks with Brigid Schulte.” Feb. 21, 2014

“Public Health: PW Talks with Deborah Cohen.” Nov. 29, 2013

“Great Expectations: PW Talks with Debora L. Spar.” Sept. 13, 2013

 

Reviews

Visit femmeliterate.net for ongoing reviews of feminist literature and women in/and/of books

Check for Misty’s reviews of historical fiction at the Historical Novel Society

Review of Anne-Marie Millim, The Victorian Diary: Authorship and Emotional Labour. Rocky Mountain Review 69.2 (fall 2015)

Review of Katherine Kerby-Fulton, ed., Women and the Divine in Literature before 1700: Essays in Memory of Margot Louis. Rocky Mountain Review 68.1 (spring 2014)

Review of Sharon L. Jansen, Reading Women’s Worlds from Christine de Pizan to Doris Lessing: A Guide to Six Centuries of Women Writers Imagining Rooms of Their Own. Medieval Feminist Forum 49.2 (2013)

Review of John Flood, Representations of Eve in Antiquity and the English Middle Ages. Medieval Feminist Forum 48 (2012): 106-108.

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