In addition to historical and contemporary fiction and medieval scholarship, Misty writes creative nonfiction on the subject of motherhood and regular reviews for Publishers Weekly, the Historical Novel Review, and femmeliterate.
“March 11, 2010” in PAST TEN
I’m sitting on the edge of my bed, crying.
One hand on my pregnant belly, I’m counting kicks, but that’s not why I’m crying. The counts are strong and frequent. At 35 weeks, she’s in position, head down, butt up, such a good girl.
“My Sister Passes Me On A Bench At The Zoo” in River Teeth’s journal Beautiful Things
“Making Humans” in Cleaver Magazine Issue 27
The girl wants to go to the kids’ museum. Since her brother is sick and dad has command central on the couch, dispensing Tylenol and blankets and puke bucket and juice, that leaves me to drive her. I want to shut myself in my office and work on my novel, far from puke and clacking toys, but then she’ll say of her childhood that her mom did nothing but sit in front of her computer all the time. Aren’t her needs supposed to be bigger than mine?
“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.
“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).
2019 Foreword INDIES Silver Winner
“An incredibly important, gorgeously written, multifaceted, and profound collection.”—Maggie Smith, award-winning author of Good Bones
“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)
“Walking the Labyrinth on My Almost Birthday.” Literary Mama (2015)
“Insomnia” in 2020 Lyrical Iowa
“Passage,” “The Me I Used to Be,” and “The Invisible Orange” in From River to River: Thoughts on Life in the Great Bend by Writers on the Avenue (2018)
“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.
“Moving Up!” Muscatine Magazine Spring 2017
“Getting to Happy: PW Talks with Avi Steinberg.” May 8, 2020
“Questions of Consent: PW Talks with Donna Freitas.” May 17, 2019
“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
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 Jacqueline Alio, Margaret, Queen of Sicily. Medieval Feminist Forum 55 (2019)
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.